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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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