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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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