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 told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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