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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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