Day in history for August 13, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A new post office was established near Berlin in Mercer County, called Center Ridge. Almond Shaw was appointed postmaster.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Sergeant A.T. Wells was elected to the Rodman Rifles. After the election a parade was formed and the Knights Templar were escorted to their hall.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Argus carried a first-page story that the route of President Roosevelt's train was changed because the government had been informed of a plot to blow up the train near Ridgewood, N.J.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Hack Wilson hit his 40th home run of the year in the second game of a doubleheader between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs.

1955 -- 50 years ago
When school opens, one Rock Island teacher will be striking for his 31st consecutive year of perfect attendance. He is Guy Thomas, algebra and business education teacher at Franklin Junior High School.

1980 -- 25 years ago
All of 8 years old, Jerry ''Junior'' Jackson of East Moline is a champion motocross rider, having just won the American Motocross Enterprises Honda Championship Series in Texas Aug. 1-3, and taken second in the National Championships in Ponca City, Okla., last weekend.

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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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