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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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