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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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