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 are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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