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: 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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