Day in history for November 15, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The public will be highly gratified to learn that Judge Drury has appointed E.R. Bean, Esq., to be master in chancery for the county.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The ferry boat ''Rock Island'' went into winter quarters Saturday.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Press Club inaugurated a movement to sustain the prestige of the Rock Island Arsenal as a manufacturing center. Prof. Edward Howard Griggs addressed the organization at the Outing Club in Davenport.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Caught in a hail of gunfire as he attacked two bandits attempting to hold up an Atkinson filling station, John Carson, 67, manager of the Atkinson Livestock Shipping Assn., was fatally wounded last night.

1955 -- 50 years ago
When the $500,000 Circus Hall of Fame is officially opened Dec. 15 in Sarasota, Fla., the two hemispheres band wagon presented by Dr. B.J. Palmer of Davenport will be featured in a two-story glass front building.

1980 -- 25 years ago
When Rock Island County voters go the the polls for the municipal primary in February, the familiar voting machines will be gone. Paper ballots will be ''read'' and tallied by a computer system, the first of its kind for voting in Illinois.

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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.








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