Day in history for August 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Matthew Felix was appointed postmaster at Illinois City to replace D.G. Moore, who had retired.

1880 -- 125 years ago
On 48 hours notice, the Democrats of Rock Island pulled off a large mass meeting at Market Square. There was a torchlight parade, after which glowing tributes were paid to General Hancock, presidential nominee, and to Judge Trumbull, nominee for governor.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The funeral of Henry B. Sudlow was held at the family home in Rock Island. The Rev. W.S. Marquis officiated at the ceremony.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Chicago Cubs and New York Giants were preparing for one of the most crucial series of the season. At the time the Cubs were leading the National League by three games, with the Giants in second place.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Moline and Maine Township High School summer bands were co-winners in the Class AA state band competition at the Illinois State Fair.

1980 -- 25 years ago
After years of assistance to area fire protection districts on a ''temporary'' basis, Silvis officials have decided to set up formal contracts to provide radio dispatching service for fire calls to Carbon Cliff, Colona and Hampton.

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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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