Day in history for October 31, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Next Monday occurs the annual charter election of Rock Island. The Argus supported B.F. Barrett for mayor and Joseph Conway, Jacob Starr, B.J. Cobb and Jere S. Smith for aldermen.

1880 -- 125 years ago
By a telegraphic dispatch to R.S. Peebles from Leadville, Colo., the announcement is made of the death of James E. Chapman, formerly of Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
August Springhorn, 43, fell into the Mississippi at the foot of 3rd Street and drowned. He is survived by his mother, one sister and one brother.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The American Lutheran Conference closed yesterday at Minneapolis. The official delegates from Rock Island, representing the Augustana Synod, were Dr. G.A. Brandelle, Dr. L.G. Abrahamson and J.G. Youngquist.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Red Cross Chapter has packed 50 Christmas boxes for servicemen in conjunction with the ''Christmas on the High-Seas'' program.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Mercer County Zoning Board of Appeals tabled a controversial rezoning request Thursday and told Valhalla Enterprises, which wants to build a shopping mall and condominiums in rural Sherrard, to make peace with objectors.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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