Day in history for September 6, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island citizens met at the courthouse to consult on the matter of building a railroad between Rock Island and Peoria. The railroad was considered vital to the growth of the city.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A thin house greeted the Georgia Minstrels at the Harper Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The steamer ''Charles B. Pearce,'' with the floating theater ''French's New Sensations,'' arrived here early in the morning from Muscatine.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Chicago Cubs held a four-game lead over the New York Giants in the race for the National League pennant. Philadelphia led the American League with Washington in second place.

1955 -- 50 years ago
For the past several weeks the Moline Board of Education has been considering the request for annexation of the Doxee, Milan, Ginger Hill and Ridgewood districts to the Moline school district. The conclusion reached is that those districts should not be annexed at this time.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The new Glenn O. Parmley playground was dedicated during ceremonies Friday night. The former Moline parks superintendent died in February 1979. The playground is located within Moline's Prospect Park.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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