Day in history for November 5, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
At a meeting of the city council it was decided that the city should pay for improvements on Illinois Street. A tie vote was decided by Mayor Ben Harper, who voted in favor of the city bearing the costs.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Argus conceded the election to Garfield and Arthur.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Miss Grace Brunert of Denver, Colo., was the guest of Dr. Emily Wright. Miss Brunert's parents formerly lived in Rock Island. Her father was proprietor of the Harper House Pharmacy about 20 years ago.

1930 -- 75 years ago
James Hamilton Lewis, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, was given a plurality of nearly 8,000 votes in Rock Island County as he was returned to the Senate on a record number of votes.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Health Department bagged an estimated 400 to 500 rats in a poison campaign at the city's landfill disposal site west of 1st Street.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County residents elected their first woman judge with Tuesday's victory of Democrat Susan B. Gende over Republican John A. Bell. The race was for the 14th Judicial Circuit judgeship, a seat being vacated by Chief Judge Paul A. Rink, who is retiring.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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