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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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