Day in history for April 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Philadelphia Ledger makes the startling statement that the entire debt of the nation, including debts of states and federal governments, is 275 million dollars.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Henry Carse, Republican, was elected mayor in Rock Island, defeating J.C. Cameron, a Fusion candidate. M.M. Corbett, Democrat, was elected city attorney over J.I. Parks, Republican.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Andrew Olson, Democrat, was elected mayor in Moline, beating Dr. P.H. Wessel, Republican.

1930 -- 75 years ago
America's first television program was broadcast in a special theater in Jersey City, N.J.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Marine Capt. Guy O. Badger, Davenport, today was credited with saving the aircraft and possibly the life of an Air Force captain at Kaneohe Bay, Marine Air Station, Hawaii. When the jet plane of an Air Force captain made a forced landing at the station, and caught fire, Capt. Badger taxied in front with his own ''Banshee'' jet plane and used his jet blast to blow out the fire.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The village of Alpha had its second major fire since August when most of the R and H Johnson Lumber Co. was destroyed in a blaze early this morning. Loss is estimated at least $150,000. Cause of the fire is unknown.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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