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: 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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