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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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