Day in history for October 15, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
At a meeting of the stockholders of the Rock Island and Peoria Railroad Co., the following were elected: president, Hon. Ben Harper; vice president, Hon. Onslow Peters; treasurer, Hon. William Bailey; secretary, Hon. Ben Graham; attorney, Joseph Knox, Esq.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Dr. J.W. Morgan of Port Byron was admitted to membership of the Iowa and Illinois Central District Medical Assn.

1905 -- 100 years ago
J.G. Quinlan, principal of the New Boston public schools, visited the public schools of Rock Island with a group of teachers.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mystery surrounded the fire and explosion which yesterday morning ripped the new $4,600 speed launch Dubuque, the personal inspection boat of Maj. D.L. Hall, Rock Island District, United States Engineers.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A permit for the construction of J.C. Penney's new store at 1701 5th Ave., Moline, was issued today. The building is to be of two-story design with a full basement.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline High School baseball fans may see games ''under the lights'' this spring. The Council of Associated Dads Clubs notified the school board it will donate lights from the Beling Park baseball diamond to the district.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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