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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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