Day in history for October 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Col. D.G. McGowan of Rock Island died at 3 this morning at the Island City Hotel. The colonel had recently returned from his former home in Philadelphia and he had been confined to his room but a few days. He was a lawyer in Rock Island and was between 35 and 40 years of age.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Members of the First Methodist Church held a reception for their new pastor, the Rev. S.S. McCord, and to honor a former pastor, the Rev. George R. Palmer.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Kolb and Dill in ''I.O.U.'' appeared tonight at the Illinois Theater.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Temperatures which average 15 degrees below normal will continue in the Quad-Cities tonight and tomorrow.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Dorothy Harmon, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Harmon, 226 30th Ave., East Moline, has won $300 on Strike It Rich radio-television program. The show was seen at 9:30 a.m. yesterday over WHBF-TV and heard over WOC radio at 10:30 a.m. today in a recorded broadcast.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Chara Benzon of Moline will play the part of Donna Fortune in the University of Iowa Theater production of ''The House Across the Street,'' written by University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Darrah Cloud.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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