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: 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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