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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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