Day in history for October 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The work of macadamizing Illinois Street progresses slowly, but will make a fine hard street when done.

1880 -- 125 years ago
In a report for the month of September, Col. D.W. Flagler, commandant of Rock Island Arsenal, stated that 478 engines with trains passed over the Rock Island bridge and 26 engines without trains. Barges down river numbered 28 and rafts down 104. Steamboats up numbered 172 and barges up 32. Foot passengers numbered 19,830 and teams 15,150.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Maj. C. McD. Townsend, formerly in charge of Rock Island District, U.S. Engineers, arrived here this afternoon and between trains called on old friends.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Pardons were denied to John P. Looney, George Buckley and George Holsapple, alleged participants in the ''Rock Island Vice War'' who are serving sentences for murder in Joliet State Penitentiary.

1955 -- 50 years ago
East Moline businessmen in the 13th St. and 15th Ave. neighborhood presented the City Council petitions bearing the names of 378 objectors to the new 1-way traffic pattern.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Marie R. Reno, formerly of Rock Island, is the author of a new historical novel, ''When the Music Changed,'' published by NAL Books.

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