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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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