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 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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