Day in history for September 13, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A meeting to form a new Rock Island Library Association was announced in the The Argus. Backers of the group hoped to stimulate interest in starting a library.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Argus was shown a sample of Indian corn which was grown by James Starkey of Bowling Township. The corn was odd looking and grew in bunches, the kernels being small and in pods.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Miss Charlotte Chamberlin was elected high school librarian to succeed Miss Mae Lidders.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The mercury soared to 91 degrees as summer took a parting blow in the Quad-Cities.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A thief stole an antique beer barrel, used for advertising purposes, from a Moline Consumers truck Sunday night. The theft occurred while the truck was parked in the company's yard at 3rd Ave. and 24th St.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Mary VandeVoorde, 85, of Moline, will be awarded the Order of King Leopold II by George DeBier, deputy counsel general of Belgium, at a dinner Oct. 3 at the Deck Restaurant, Geneseo. VandeVoorde is being honored for her efforts in promoting and preserving Belgian Culture in the United States and, in particular, her lace-making skills.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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