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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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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