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 new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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