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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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