Day in history for September 5, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
An Argus subscriber offered a $15 reward for anyone finding and turning in to the post office a portfolio containing $130 in bank notes.

1880 -- 125 years ago
At an election of officers for the Fifth Ward Democratic Club, John LaFranz was named captain, George Alter, first lieutenant, and John Quinlin, second lieutenant.

1905 -- 100 years ago
A heavy storm struck Rock Island. The home of E.H. Dunavin was slightly damaged by high winds and a barn on the farm of Charles McMichael of Milan was totally destroyed.

1930 -- 75 years ago
William Randolph Hearst, American publisher, arrived in London after his expulsion from France on the grounds that he was an enemy of France and a danger in their midst. Mr. Hearst said he had no complaint to make about the matter.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City police today joined in a hunt for fur thieves who pulled the largest burglary in the area's history during the weekend when they rifled the Gordon Fur Collection in the Union Arcade, Davenport.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Site preparation has begun for a $2-million-plus Tri-City Jewish Center in Rock Island at the former Hebrew Park, 30th St. and 29th Ave.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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