Day in history for August 15, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Thomas B. Himes, Philadelphia, entered into a co-partnership with Charles H. Clippinger, Rock Island druggist.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Knights of Templar left for Chicago to attend the triennial conclave. They were accompanied by an 18-piece band and a drum corps of four men.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Republican County Convention endorsed Frank G. Allen of Moline as candidate for the congressional nomination. Captain W.C. Bennett was temporary chairman of the convention.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Charles A. Lindbergh was presented with a special congressional medal of honor for his achievements in the air.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Black Knights of Kewanee are the drum and bugle corps champions of the 1955 Illinois State Fair. The Knights won their second consecutive title by edging the Red Jackets of Charvin American Legion Post 397 of Chicago.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A 59-year-old Rock Island trucking firm, Dohrn Transfer Co., will be sold for $5.5 million to a West Coast conglomerate pending approval by both companies. Tiger International, Inc., a Los Angeles based holding company, signed a letter of intent with Dohrn to negotiate a contract for the proposed sale.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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