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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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