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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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