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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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