Day in history for September 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A Parisian robber, seized in the act of stealing in the shop of a tobacco dealer, said by way of excusing himself that he had never heard of a law which forbade a man to ''take snuff.''

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Argus noted that during the first quarter of 1880, including the months of April, May and June, The Chicago, Rock Island And Pacific Railroad earned a total of $2,771,214.14.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Homer L. Darby, of Rock Island, was nominated for congress by the Socialists who held a convention in Moline Saturday night.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Chief Harry Ward of the Davenport Police Department suspended 6 officers in connection with the disappearance of 7 bottles of whiskey confiscated in a raid Aug. 22 at a private home in Davenport.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Moline City Council voted, 7-6, last night to purchase the old Washington School property, 8th Ave. and 17th St., for the site of another off-street parking lot.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Republican vice presidential candidate George Bush will speak to farmers in Colona, lunch with factory workers in Moline and talk with students at Bettendorf High School during a Quad-City visit Tuesday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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