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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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