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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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