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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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