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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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