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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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