Day in history for October 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
John Deere's plows are appreciated. He has taken the first premium at the state fair.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A milk wagon, with a lady driver, was upset this forenoon on 18th St. in front of the Rock Island National Bank building. Cause, too much wind. No material damage done.

1905 -- 100 years ago
F.W. Jones of East St. Louis, state organizer for the Improved Order of Red Men, is in the city for the purpose of organizing a new tribe here. Years ago Rock Island was represented in the order by O Sau Kee tribe and for many years was in a flourishing condition.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The war department authorized an allotment of $100,000 to continue the nine-foot channel survey of the upper Mississippi River between the mouth of the Missouri River and Minneapolis, Minn.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A site for a Howard Johnson restaurant in Rock Island has been approved by the nationally-famous dining establishment operators. The location is adjacent to the south wing of the South Wind Motel in the 4300 block on 11th St.

1980 -- 25 years ago
An Arkansas gun collector is going to pay Rock Island County $3,520 for a pair of Prohibition-era submachine guns that brought bids from across the country.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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