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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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