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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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