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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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