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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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