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Day in history for October 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A large and excellent steamboat, The Fire Canoe, was purchased by Mr. B.D. Crary, who will keep her in the Rock Island trade the remainder of the season.

1880 -- 125 years ago
John R. Warner, Esq., who has been in attendance at the Grand Lodge of the Masonic Fraternity at Chicago, returned home last evening.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Judge Septimus J. Hanna, C.S.D., will give a lecture on Christian Science tomorrow evening at the Illinois Theater.

1930 -- 75 years ago
It is anticipated that the Public Schools stadium will have very few empty seats tonight when Rock Island and Coach Ross Anderson's Kewanee gridders meet. The annual battle between the two schools will be the feature attraction of a program that will dedicate the giant $10,000 floodlights at the bowl.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Gordon Hamilton of Augustana College reported $70 worth of clothing and other items taken from his car while it was parked in the lower parking lot of Lincoln Park.

1980 -- 25 years ago
About 100 firefighters from seven communities battled four hours last night to overcome a stubborn blaze that gutted the Bring'er Inn, a downtown Milan landmark, said to be the oldest restaurant in the Quad-Cities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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