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: 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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