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: 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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