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: 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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