Day in history for October 5, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Democratic County Convention met on Saturday with delegations from all except the two extreme precincts. For sheriff, the delegation nominated Henry D. Cline. Joseph Conway was named to the circuit clerk position and Dr. Henry Fischel nominated as coroner.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Mississippi River is 12 feet over the low water mark and some are fearing that a flood is imminent.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Market Square is being decorated for the coming National Farmers' Congress Convention. It has been announced that William Payne will be chairman of the reception committee.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Miss Ruth Looby of Milan, a teacher in Denkmann School, Rock Island, was elected president of the Rock Island County Christian Endeavor Union at the annual convention in the Milan Presbyterian Church yesterday.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The Ordnance Weapons Command at Rock Island Arsenal and the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland were sites today and yesterday for the unveiling of new weapons never before shown to the general public.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Aldersgate and Wesley United Methodist churches in Moline will not be merged. Members of Aldersgate voted 50 to 6 in favor of the merger, but members at Wesley Methodist voted 94 to 70 against the proposal.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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