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: 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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