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 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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