Day in history for September 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Three of the four reaping machines at the Paris Exhibition which set new world records for acres reaped per hour were owned and operated by Illinois residents.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Republicans of Rock Island staged a torchlight procession. There were 76 horsemen and 215 men on foot in the procession, which started in Rock Island, made its way to Milan and then back to Rock Island again.

1905 -- 100 years ago
At the fourth quarterly conference of the First Methodist Church the Rev. R.B. Williams was unanimously invited to continue the pastorate.

1930 -- 75 years ago
An umpire knocked out six fans in a riot following a Davenport-Rock Island game in the Iowa city when hundreds of angry fans surrounded him after the game seeking to mob him.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Let there be light. That long has been the cry of visiting coaches, as well as of the Moline High School football staff, in recent years at Browning Field. Now the new lighting system is nearing completion.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The greasy substance Milan residents found on their cars last week is being analyzed to see if it is the mosquito-killing chemical spread by an airplane Aug. 30.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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