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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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