Day in history for August 22, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
N.H. Parker, former editor of the Davenport Commercial, was being praised by critics for his work on the book ''Hawkeye State.''

1880 -- 125 years ago
Old settlers of this county were invited to attend the 6th annual meeting of the old settlers of Henry County at Hanna's Grove.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island city council passed a midnight closing ordinance, submitted by Alderman O'Connor.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The New York Giants established themselves as a pennant contender by defeating the Chicago Cubs, 13-6, to pull within two games of the league-leading Chicagoans.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Charles Betcher and William Kasnick won a bet Saturday by wearing short pants in the Geneseo business district. The loser who paid was Henry Wirz. In order to collect, Betcher and Kasnick donned ''sawed off'' trousers and walked the length of the business district and back during the busy shopping hours.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-City Area Friendship Day Parade, scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday in downtown Moline, is expected to draw thousands of onlookers to what organizers hope will become an annual event. The parade is sponsored by the Moline Downtown Association.

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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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