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: 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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