Day in history for October 2, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Maj. John G. Floyd, U.S. Agent for the improvement of the rapids of the Mississippi River, is in town and stops at the Island City Hotel.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Frank Welch has a pelican. It came up on the steamer Viola today. As soon as it is trained, exhibitions will be in order.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Philo Williams caught a horned toad on 19th St. in Moline. This specie is very rare in this section and there is a great deal of speculation as to how it came here.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A silver catfish, weighing seven and three-quarters pounds, was caught by Mrs. J.M. Kronmiller of Moline while she was fishing in the Hennepin Canal, near Geneseo. According to several fishermen in the vicinity, the fish is rare.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police were investigating a quantity of opened mail addressed to the 20th St. Station of the Burlington Railroad. The mail was found lying on the ground between the railroad tracks and the McKesson And Robbins building, 112 19th St., Rock Island.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Work to extend cable television service to Coal Valley is nearly complete, and a Rock Island-based cable company will begin soliciting subscriptions the week of Oct. 15.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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