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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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