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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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