Day in history for August 14, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island sparkles at night like a diamond as the long line of gas lights reflect in the river. They boast of a large increase of business since the tap was cut off in Davenport.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The dry weather is noticeable by its effects on the trees in the city. Large quantities of fallen leaves strew our avenues and streets.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Burglars made a haul of $40 at the home of A.F. Anderson, 103 5th Ave., Moline.

1930 -- 75 years ago
An impromptu tour of Rock Island's business district yesterday revealed the extent to which the Yo-Yo has the city in its toils. Scores of persons were trying their hands at the fascinating game.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A 30-year-old Rock Island man was rescued about 4 yesterday afternoon after the motorboat in which he and three companions were riding overturned in Rock River. The rescued man is John Timmons, 710 18th St., Rock Island.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Contracts totaling $8.3 million for 129 gun mounts destined for the United Kingdom and Jordan have been awarded to Rock Island Arsenal. The devices will be manufactured in 1983, largely because the Arsenal's production schedule is backlogged until then.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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