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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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