Day in history for September 29, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus editorialized about the ''wrongful but prevalent habit'' of mailing letters by depositing them directly into railroad mail cars instead of taking them to the post office.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Louis Bysinger, a young German employed by Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann in the sawmill, drowned in the Mississippi River about 15 miles below Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
I.S. White won the first cup in the men's handicap at the Arsenal Golf Club, defeating Judge Nathaniel French by a score of 4 and 2.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Elmer C. Anderson, wounded World War I veteran and former town clerk of Rock Island, died suddenly while attending a reunion at Atlanta, Ga.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Yesterday was the 80th birthday of Mrs. Ida Carlson, East Moline, and for a present her son, Lloyd, took his mother for her first airplane ride.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Black Hawk College officials are continuing efforts to establish an educational television station in the Quad-Cities through a link-up of area cable television systems or a low-power broadcast station. The school received a $12,700 U.S. Department of Commerce grant this spring to study the cable system plan.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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