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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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