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: 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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