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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.

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