Day in history for August 2, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
John F. Henry, who had been superintendent of the Chicago and Rock Island Railway, resigned his position and moved to Davenport. He was also the secretary of the Mississippi and Missouri Railroad.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Lumber And Manufacturing Co. started work in its new sash, door and blind factory.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The new quarters to be occupied by the Rock Island Elks were ready for the new tenants.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Dolores Del Rio, motion picture star, who had declared at one time that she would never remarry, announced her forthcoming marriage to Cedric Gibbons, motion picture art director.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Miss Susan McDonald, Rock Island harpist who recently captured the Grand Premier Prize of the National Conservatory of Music, Paris, arrived home after spending nearly a year in France. She was the first American ever to win a Grand Premier Prize there.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Knights Drum and Bugle Corps of Geneseo won the Class A championship of the U.S. Open, defeating 31 other corps from the United States and Canada. Knights Dan Potter of Moline and Pete Montanez of Rock Falls were named outstanding drum majors.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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