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.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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