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: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.

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