Day in history for April 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Moline people voted almost unanimously to trade the town's present school lots for a location on the side of the bluff, back of the town.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Lyman P. Glover of Chicago, secretary of the Mississippi Valley Rowing Association, is at the Harper House arranging a regatta to be held in Moline waters.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island County Camp of Modern Woodmen of America endorsed Major C.W. Hawes, Rock Island, for the office of head clerk of the national society.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The cornerstone of an addition to Moline Lutheran Hospital was laid.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Lt. and Mrs. Baxter Dunbar, whose marriage took place Sunday in First Congregational Church of Moline, were to participate on the ''Big Payoff,'' seen over WHBF-TV at 2 p.m. today. The couple, who are honeymooning in New York City, were chosen from hundreds of contestants.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Several hundred Black Hawk College students were evacuated from two buildings on campus Monday afternoon when a fire broke out in an elevator shaft. Smoke from the shaft poured through the underground tunnel and overland bridge connecting the two structures, one housing the student center and cafeteria and the other housing science facilities.

Back: Available days in April 2005



Local events heading








  Today is Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




(More History)