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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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