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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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