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 fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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