Day in history for October 22, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
There were a few snowflakes flying in the air about 8 last evening and a hard frost last night. At 10 this morning the temperature was down to 35.

1880 -- 125 years ago
James First of Moline bought the Rock Island Watch Factory property, paying $10,000. He intends to transform it into a wagon factory.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Parker of New Rockford, N.D., are the guests of Mrs. Parker's mother, Mrs. Margaret Snyder of South Heights.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Thieves last night obtained $500 in currency and checks at Schlegel's Drug Store, 1700 2nd Ave., Rock Island. Entrance was believed to have been gained by use of a pass key.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Moline's oldest resident, Mrs. Henry J. Hull, 104, died this morning in her home, 622 18th St. She resided in Moline for 102 years. Mrs. Hull, the former Alice Bertha Wheelock, was born Dec. 23, 1850, in St. Charles, Ill., the daughter of Chapin and Salome Betsy Wheelock.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Ralph Brubaker, former Rock Island city treasurer and trust officer for The Rock Island Bank, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Springfield Tuesday on 22 counts of misusing bank funds.

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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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