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 new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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