Day in history for October 3, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Henry Farnam, president of the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad, was in town this morning.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. J.O. Hartzell, D.D., editor of the Southwestern Christian Advocate, New Orleans, preached at the First Methodist Church on ''Work of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the Southern States Since the War.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council last night granted a petition that the saloons be closed regularly at midnight.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Chester Thompson called a meeting for the ''spreading of optimism'' in the city to combat the depression and designated 1,200 ''minute men'' to assist in plans. The meeting was to be held at the Fort Armstrong Hotel.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Production of toys ceased at the Strombeck-Becker Mfg. Company, Moline, today when an estimated 75 members of Local 23544, AFL bargaining unit, went on strike over new contract differences.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Gary Bordner, East Moline native, debuts as principal trumpet player for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra this week. His talent for the trumpet was developed during his years in the East Moline public school system and it led him to major in music at Augustana College.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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