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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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