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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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