Day in history for August 10, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Nearly all officers and troops had been removed from Ft. Riley, Kansas, as the cholera epidemic continued to sweep through the camp. The chaplain was the only officer remaining on the post.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A live Poland China hog was received here in transit by an express company from Dallas County, Iowa, destined for Alpha, in Henry County.

1905 -- 100 years ago
There was a struggle between the Searle and Allen forces in the Republican congressional contest when the primaries were held.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Robert E. Whalen, 37, president of the National Automobile Racing Association, was killed in Sterling when struck by a race car at the Speedbowl Track.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Bambi, the five-year-old buck deer, familiar to employees of Rock Island Arsenal before his transfer to mating grounds in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, is dead, the victim of a sudden and unexplained ailment.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Commonwealth Edison Co. and two of its employees were found innocent of fraud and conspiracy charges stemming from the records kept of alleged security infractions at the Quad-Cities Nuclear Generating Station during 1976 and 1977.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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