Day in history for September 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus stated that ''it is gratifying for Rock Islanders to know that they have the best hotel in all this region'' in reporting a news item about the Island City Hotel.

1880 -- 125 years ago
At a meeting of the Democratic Club last night, Ben T. Cable presided and J.H. Kerr acted as secretary. It was decided to uniform cavalry for the Oberly procession.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. W.S. Marquis preached at Broadway Presbyterian Church on ''The Young Man and the City.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
Capt. Taylor Branson and the 48-member United States Marine Corps band arrived in Rock Island for a 2:14 p.m. concert at the Rock Island Public Schools Stadium.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Proposal for a $350,000 bond issue for expansion and improvement at Riverdale Elementary School will be submitted to voters of the school district Oct. 14.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A mysterious red substance that spilled from a tributary into Davenport's Duck Creek was food coloring, a U.S. Coast Guard officer said today. The source of the substance, he said, was Davenport Food Distributors, Inc., of 3602 Harrison St., who use it to coat their fish while they smoke them.

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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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