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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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