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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