Day in history for August 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus carried a front-page story saying that the American people are the most lavish and wasteful in the world. The story contended that Americans ate enough in one day to last Europeans for two days.

1880 -- 125 years ago
J.H. Strong, of Rock Island, was robbed of his gold watch and chain and $300 in a hotel at Danville. On retiring, he had placed the valuables and money under his pillow. Their absence was discovered in the morning.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Argus reported that James McKinney of Aledo would be nominated by the Republicans for congress.

1930 -- 75 years ago
War veterans were the guests as the 78th Illinois State Fair opened. Gov. Louis L. Emerson entertained a large group of officers and extended the greetings to the assembled veterans before the grandstand.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A $15,200,000 aluminum foil rolling facility will be installed by Aluminum Company of America at its Davenport Works.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Steve Zuidema, 31, of rural Morrison, captured the Premier Exhibitor award in the men's division of the baking contest at the Whiteside County Fair this week. He's won the men's contest for the past three years.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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