Day in history for September 24, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The preliminary survey report on the Rock Island and Peoria Railroad was printed in full. The report was composed by G.W. Wheaton, engineer, who estimated the cost of a railroad between the two cities at $1,734,566.

1880 -- 125 years ago
It was announced that Sen. James G. Blaine of Maine would not be able to make any address in Rock Island during the present campaign.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The steamer Eclipse landed at Acme Packing Co. dock this year for the last time this season. She will go into winter quarters at Dubuque.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Lt. Rolland S. Berry of the Rock Island Police Department will leave early Thursday for Aurora to attend the annual convention of the Illinois Police Assn.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Miss Patricia Berry, Rio correspondent for The Argus, has two talents. In addition to overcoming a lifetime handicap resulting from cerebral palsy and writing for the paper with the aid of a pencil held in her teeth, she also uses the same method to paint and design clothes.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A special mass will be celebrated Saturday in East Moline to mark 60 years of service by the order of Dominican sisters at St. Mary's Parish, East Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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