Day in history for May 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Gen. Tuxberry, of the Island City Hotel, returned from Wisconsin Saturday evening, where he had been with his family.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Moline Boat Club are out practicing for the approaching regatta. The people of Moline are getting ready for the event by erecting buildings near Sylvan Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Senate passed the House bill making the appropriations of the Watertown Hospital for the insane at Watertown $157,500 for each year.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Herman Sieghartner and Fred Boetje have entered a partnership and will open a grocery store at 930 3rd Ave., Rock Island, the latter part of this week.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Plans for an open house on Sunday, May 15, at the Moline generating station of the Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Co., located at the foot of 4th Street, were announced today.

1980 -- 25 years ago
East Moline city planners say the Watertown area will get the bulk of a $511,000 federal grant aimed at improving declining neighborhoods. The grant is the first installment of a three-year, $1,527,000 Community Development Block Grant approved last September by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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