Day in history for October 26, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
George W. Harris Jr., son of Mr. George W. Harris, one of the early settlers of Rock Island, died last Tuesday after a hunting accident near Andalusia.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Messrs. Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann of Rock Island, Dimock, Gould And Co. of Moline, and Musser And Co. of Muscatine have purchased 12,000 acres of timber in Wisconsin for $120,000.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Modern Magi celebrated the opening of their new lodge rooms last night by initiating a class of 50 candidates.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Austin J. Hollingsworth of Memorial Christian Church, Rock Island, returned from the World Convention of the Disciples of Christ in Washington, D.C.

1955 -- 50 years ago
David DeDoncker, 22, East Moline, a law student at the University of Illinois, has been named a student legal assistant to U.S. Dist. Atty. John B. Stoddart Jr., Springfield.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Miss Anna Deere Hewitt, Washington, D.C., became the bride of Joseph Vincent Wolfe, Alexandria, Va., in a ceremony at 3:45 p.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline. Mr. and Mrs. William Alexander Hewitt, Rock Island, are the bride's parents. The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Vincent Joseph Wolfe, Moline, and the late Mr. Wolfe.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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