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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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