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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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