Day in history for October 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Two flatboats, loaded with cut stone and tied at one of the piers now building for the Mississippi bridge, were broken up and sunk yesterday.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Charley Fiebig left for Waverly, Iowa, last night to open a locked bank safe that its owners are unable to open.

1905 -- 100 years ago
S.S. Davis of Rock Island was elected a member of the executive committee of the Illinois Electrical Assn. at the annual meeting which closed in Peoria last Friday.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A pleasure ride on the Mississippi culminated in tragedy this morning as four of five occupants of a motor boat drowned after the craft partially capsized and sank a short distance south of the Rock Island Bridge And Iron Works, 1603 Mill St.

1955 -- 50 years ago
An anonymous tip four days ago that a Moline foundry, C.S. Humphrey Co., was being looted of its aluminum stock, plus a lot of footwork and investigation by two Moline police sergeants, ended yesterday with the arrest of three men.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A Bettendorf policeman who carved the initials of police superiors, the city administrator and a private citizen on the bullets of his service revolver has been fired for misconduct.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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