Day in history for November 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus was informed by Mr. Harper that an announcement of his name in the Advertiser as a candidate for reelection to the office of mayor was unauthorized by him and that he was not a candidate.

1880 -- 125 years ago
It was announced that the returns of the presidential election would be received at The Argus office tomorrow evening by specials of the American Union Telegraph Co., which will place an instrument in The Argus office.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Charles Boltz, a former resident of Rock Island, died in Chicago yesterday of pneumonia.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island won the Big Nine declamatory contest for the third consecutive year.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The East Moline Kiwanis Club celebrated its first anniversary last night with a dinner meeting in the First Presbyterian Church.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Archie R. McCardell, chief executive of International Harvester Co., won't have to repay a $1.8 million loan because of the firm's financial performance in fiscal 1979. McCardell borrowed the money as part of his compensation package when he came to Harvester from Xerox Corp. in September 1977. He used it to buy 60,000 shares of Harvester stock.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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