Day in history for September 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
It was announced that a meeting of Rock Islanders favorable to a library was a success and that $500 was subscribed by those present at the First Presbyterian Church.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The new Trinity Episcopal Chapel, 7th St. and 4th Ave., Rock Island, was completed and the first service was scheduled for next Sunday.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Raymond C. Ricker wrote an interesting letter to The Argus from Chentu, West China, which was published.

1930 -- 75 years ago
C.J. Shaw, general secretary of the Rock Island YMCA, tendered his resignation to accept a similar post in Tacoma, Wash.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A thief got to a milk bottle on the Sidney Adams porch, 246 40th St., Moline, before the milkman did, Moline police were told last night, and appropriated the $15 put out to pay the dairy bill.

1980 -- 25 years ago
At the Rock Island County Courthouse, First Lady Rosalynn Carter today called her husband a calm, proven leader and urged a united Democratic effort. Speaking to a lunch-hour crowd of about 500 sign-waving, cheering people, she issued a call for Democratic unity to win elections ''from the local level all the way up to the presidency.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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