Day in history for August 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Edward A. Rucker, Chicago, and Peter Sweat, Peoria, were appointed commissioners for the State of Illinois by the court of claims at Washington.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Roswell Richmond, Rock Island, died suddenly in her home. She was 44 years old and left a husband and three children.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Harry Sage, former manager of the Rock Island Baseball Club, wrote his reminiscences of baseball in the Argus.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Chicago Cubs led the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League pennant race by the slim margin of one percentage point. Philadelphia led the American league by 12 games.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The theft of 16 pigeons, valued at $25, was reported to Rock Island police this morning by Charles O. VanHoe, 1220 9th St., Rock Island. VanHoe told police the pigeons were removed from a coop at his residence after a wire screen was torn loose from a window.

1980 -- 25 years ago
An East Moline man has been re-elected high court trustee of the 168,000 member Catholic Order of Foresters. Victor J. Standaert was selected last week for a second four-year term. He was elected at the order's 41st national convention in Minneapolis.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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