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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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