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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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