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: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.

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