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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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