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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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