Day in history for August 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Meetings were held in the Merchant Exchanges in New York in an effort to provide relief to sufferers from yellow fever in Norfolk, Va. The disease had extended to every part of Norfolk and was constantly spreading because of a lack of trained nurses.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The thermometer registered 96 degrees in the shade in Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Colonel R.J. Shand of Rockford was elected state commander of the Spanish-American War veterans of Illinois at the convention in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Fredrick H. Payne, Assistant Secretary of War, after completing his inspection, said there would be no increase or decrease in the personnel of the Rock Island Arsenal during the coming year.

1955 -- 50 years ago
That ''sea monster'' is with us again. The amphibious animal, variously described as a large beaver, alligator or crocodile, was pursued by three residents of Campbell's Island at dusk last night. It submerged as one of the men was preparing to strike a death blow.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline's Tim Dailing took the half pipe skateboard title at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Half pipe refers to the size of track Dailing competed on.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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