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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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