Day in history for November 2, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The first street lamp was put up and lighted yesterday in Davenport on the corner of 2nd and Brady streets, not by direction of the city fathers, but by Antoine LeClaire.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Judge Adams issued 21 naturalization papers yesterday morning.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Q.E.T. Club held a ghost party last night at the home of Misses Ethel and Stella Wilson. There were 23 guests.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Edward Williams, pastor of the Broadway Presbyterian Church, will speak on ''The Promised Land'' at the regular 10:45 worship service at the church tomorrow morning.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Two U.S. congressmen were meeting this afternoon with Rock Island and Davenport city officials on the proposed multi-million dollar approach to Rock Island's Centennial Bridge. In the Quad-Cities for the meeting are Congressman Robert B. Chipperfield, Canton, and Congressman Fred Schwengel, Davenport.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County Republican officials are considering calling in federal marshalls to help monitor county elections following allegations of bribes to alter election results in Republican-dominated precincts.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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