Day in history for October 28, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Judge J.W. Drury of Rock Island has returned home after having completed the tour of his circuit. His last court was in Carroll County.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The complete registry of voters in Rock Island shows a total vote of 2,584, which, with the number not registered, would increase the total to about 2,700.

1905 -- 100 years ago
H.H. Cleaveland was elected grand junior warden of the Grand Commandery, Knights Templar of Illinois.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Earl L. Yocum, millionaire Galva banker who was abducted by kidnappers, returned to his home today unharmed after his captors released him on a road near Atkinson. They were later apprehended.

1955 -- 50 years ago
At the age of 86, a former Moline man has been hailed as ''Father of the Modern Corn Planter.'' He is Emil Englund of Bellevue, Ohio, who was reared in Moline and, as a young man, invented the farm implement for which he was recently and ceremoniously honored.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The surprise snow storm that struck the Quad-Cities Monday left 2.4 inches on the ground and marked just the 11th time since 1884 the season's first snow arrived in October. The last time the first snowfall of the season arrived in October was 1972.

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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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