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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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