Day in history for October 24, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus was invited by Mr. C.B. Knox, undertaker, to visit a house in the eastern part of Rock Island and witness the perfect preservation of the body of a man who died about 10 days ago. The body was frozen perfectly solid by an apparatus prepared by order of Mr. Knox for that purpose.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. Irving A. Searles, pastor of the Christian Church, preached a sermon in a series on Bunyan's ''Pilgrim's Progress.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
The pupils of St. Joseph's School tendered a reception to the new pastor, the Rev. J.J. Quinn.

1930 -- 75 years ago
John R. Spencer, Rock Island County farm advisor, returned from a conference at Peoria with a proposed schedule of activities in cooperation with the extension department of the University of Illinois for the coming year.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The 10th annual Fall Festival is scheduled to open at the Rock Island Armory Wednesday. Seventy businesses and industrial exhibitors have been signed.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Carol Doyle's sale of more than $3 million in residential real estate in 1980 has set an all-time record for the Rock Island County Board of Realtors. Doyle is a salesman for Frank Mahar Realtors.

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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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