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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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