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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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