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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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