Day in history for August 21, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
John Warner, the bridge contractor, boards at the Island City Hotel when in town. If absent from his hotel, he may be found on the levee above the railroad depot selecting stone to be taken by boats to the piers.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Business on the Rock Island And Peoria Railway is good at present and all are happy.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Wishing to be separated forever from a wife who assaults him with a club and throws spittoons and threatens his life, William Page of Moline has commenced suit for divorce against Bertha Page.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Thousands of Quad-Cities residents were thrilled by their first glimpse of a Navy fighting squadron at the Moline Airport shortly after noon today when the famous Red Rippers of the Pacific fleet roared over the field in formation.

1955 -- 50 years ago
One of four Navy jet planes which flew over the Quad City area yesterday afternoon was forced to make an emergency landing at the Quad-City Airport because of a faulty fuel gauge.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Tolls for Rock Island's Centennial Bridge are likely to rise from 15 cents for automobiles to 20 or 25 cents next year to offset an estimated $1 million in repairs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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