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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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