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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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