Day in history for October 30, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The great improvements made in the streets and sidewalks in the third ward in Rock Island by J.D. Carmichael, the efficient supervisor, form a prominent feature among the changes our city has undergone the present season.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Richard H. Lloyd returned from Washington, D.C., after an absence of some weeks.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Branches of the Court of Honor located here are planning a union meeting for Nov. 2, when a class of 200 will be initiated. C.J. Searle will deliver the address of welcome.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Ardo Mitchell was named Rock Island chairman of the Woman's Organization for National Prohibition Reform.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Despite wet weather which turned the 104-mile course into a nearly impassable quagmire, members of the Tri-City Motorcycle Club held their annual ''Con-Rod'' Derby yesterday. Dorrance Johnson of Moline was high point man of the day and thus took the championship trophy.

1980 -- 25 years ago
''Life on the Mississippi,'' a two-hour movie about Mark Twain's life as a steamboat pilot, will be aired by the Public Broadcasting System on Nov. 24. This is the first film underwritten by Deere and Co.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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