Day in history for November 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The circuit court of Rock Island County commenced its fall session. Hon. Onslow Peters, judge of the Peoria circuit, holds this term by invitation of Judge Drury.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. J.A. McGaw of the Central Presbyterian Church preached this morning on ''Joseph, the Successful Man.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. William Thompson were surprised by a number of friends last night, the occasion being their fourth wedding anniversary.

1930 -- 75 years ago
In an effort to aid employment conditions in the Quad-Cities area, it was reported that work on the Rock Island lock and dam would be started next March, instead of in the spring of 1932.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Damage that may run as high as several thousand dollars was tabulated today by fire department officials who sifted fire debris at the Royal Cafe, 903 15th Ave., East Moline.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The son of a former Geneseo couple has learned that he will be assigned to the White House staff of President-elect Ronald Reagan. Gregory Newell, 31, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Newell of Hayward, Calif., served the last three months as Reagan's director of campaign scheduling in Washington, D.C.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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