Day in history for October 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Some person ignited a small quantity of powder which was in one of the barracks at Fort Armstrong, setting fire to and entirely consuming the barracks, seven in number, and one of the block forts. About 100 men with buckets tried unsuccessfully to quench the blaze, after being conveyed to the island by Capt. Robinson's ferry boat.

1880 -- 125 years ago
George Steel was elected secretary of the Rock Island Building Assn. in place of C.R. Chamberlain.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Judge William G. Gest resigned as judge of the appellate court. Judge F.D. Ramsey of Morrison succeeded him.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A girls debate team from Augustana College was awarded the championship of the Illinois Debate League for 1930.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Building fires in Rock Island during the past year were reduced almost 50 percent, from 103 to 58. Fire Chief Charles J. Wahlheim credits the reduction in large part to greater awareness through fire prevention and inspection efforts.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Tom Kallman family, 2009 4th St., Moline, has a brand new member, but they're not sure if they're happy about it. A friendly raccoon has taken up residence in 13-year-old Tommy Kallman's treehouse.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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