Day in history for August 12, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island children and adult singing class made plans to meet every Friday afternoon and evening in the Island City Hotel.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A Republican rally was held in Dart's Hall. J.W. Green and Mayor J.M. Beardsley were the speakers.

1905 -- 100 years ago
L.L. McDonald, general secretary of the YMCA, resigned this position to accept the post of Boys Work Secretary in Elgin.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Paul Montgomery, Murphysboro pilot, confessed to special investigators that he was the pilot of an airplane which flew over Profidence, Ky., coal fields and from which bombs were dropped.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Alphonse Jodts, Cambridge, an exhibitor at the Henry County Fair for more than 25 years, has won more blue ribbons than she can count. The Cambridge woman came through with her usual large share of ribbons at the 96th annual Henry County Fair which has been in session this week.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Davenport Packing Co., Inc., Milan, has been ordered to turn over its $295,000 operating bond to the Illinois Department of Agriculture to help pay livestock suppliers the company owes. The firm also surrendered its Illinois livestock buyer's license.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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