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: A large and splendid new safe has been hauled out to Young Brothers store in Camden to replace the old one, which recently was robbed.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The salary of Mayor Blaning was raised to $1,000 by the Rock Island City Council.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of the most intensive cleanup campaigns ever conducted.
1939 -- 75 years ago: According to Forecaster Truman Shipman, April weather has been six and one-half degrees below normal with an all-time low for any April 12 established when the mercury slipped down to 22 degrees.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education discussed the planned addition to the high school until nearly midnight last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: April 13, 53 of the top spellers from Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry counties spelling bees came together at Augustana College to compete in the Ninth Annual Regional Spelling Bee.






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