Day in history for September 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The probate court began its regular monthly session.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Evert's Commandery, Knights Templars, tendered a reception to the Rodman Rifles last night at the Masonic Temple, with music by Bleuer's orchestra.

1905 -- 100 years ago
E.H. Bowman and Thomas Campbell returned from the west, where they attended the Grand Army of the Republic encampment of Denver.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Deputy Sheriff Floyd Krueger of Drury Township battled 6 prisoners to finally stop an attempted jail break at the Rock Island County Jail.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A gray haired woman, self-styled as a ''Peace Pilgrim'' has arrived in Davenport on the second half of a 10,000 mile walking tour for world disarmament. Concealing her true identity and age she is now walking into each state capital, speaking to church groups and making radio and television appearances along the way.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The United Township High School board is willing to discuss the sale of 32 acres of school-owned property to Silvis, Mayor Stacy King told aldermen. The city has considered buying the acreage, at John Deere Road near Cliff Heights Golf Center, to build a major sports complex.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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