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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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