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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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