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.

Back: Available days in October 2005



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








(More History)