Day in history for November 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Our old friend, Mr. J.B. Harrington, has built a large and elegant bowling saloon in the rear of his St. Louis Exchange on Front Street.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Republicans celebrated the election of Garfield and Arthur. There were bonfires and artillery salutes.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island retail merchants will meet at the Rock Island Club with representatives of the National Farmers' Congress to consider holding the next national meeting here.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island and Whiteside County officials viewed preparations of the Great Lake Pipe Line Co. for its Mississippi River crossing between Princeton and Cordova.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Augustana College is attempting to sell a tiara bequeathed by Mrs. Elas N. Westerlin of Chicago who died in October, 1953. The tiara once belonged to Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of Hawaii. The dainty tiara came to the college as part of the $700,000 Westerlin estate.

1980 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester has purchased an assembly plant in Angers, France, where it will produce small axial-flow rotary combines, now made only at IH's East Moline Plant, to become more competitive overseas.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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