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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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