Day in history for April 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The first election in Moline under its new town charter resulted in the choice of Charles Atkinson, A.F. Perkins, N.C. Tyrell, S.W. Wheelock and Russell Stevens as trustees and George W. Bell as police magistrate.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A. Weaver of Taylor Ridge and A.A. Buffam of Andalusia showed some fine blooded cattle for sale in Market Square today.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph DeSilva and little daughter have returned from New Orleans where they were called by the illness of Mrs. DeSilva's father.

1930 -- 75 years ago
George C. Tank, Democrat, defeated incumbent Harold Metcalf, Republican, in a contest for mayor of Davenport.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A ''dream of high places,'' where time was of the essence, was recounted today by the Davenport woman who ''died'' once but was brought back to life when a doctor made a chest incision and massaged her heart by hand. It was the first case of cardiac arrest overcome by hand massage reported at a Davenport hospital.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A malfunctioning switch at International Harvester's Farmall Plant is being blamed for the release of between 80 and 100 gallons of waste oil and sludge into Sylvan Slough and the Mississippi River.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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