Day in history for August 24, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The new bridge spanning the Rock River is nearing completion faster than expected and plans are being made for its grand opening within 3 weeks.

1880 -- 125 years ago
B.H. Truesdall was nominated for congress at the Democratic convention in Geneseo, although convention officials said that P.L. Cable could have had the nomination unanimously if he had desired.

1905 -- 100 years ago
James McKinney of Aledo was nominated for congress by the Republican convention at Bushnell. He defeated Frank G. Allen of Moline.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Two bandits who robbed the Old Farmers and Merchants Bank at Hillsdale were captured by a posse of nearly 200 men armed with machine guns and rifles.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A complete new line of meat products, under the brand name Fore-Pac, is now being manufactured by the Foremost Packing Co., East Moline. Star of the Fore-Pac line is the new cheesefurter.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-Cities first locally-originating public radio station is scheduled to begin operations at 6 a.m. Monday with a lineup of classical music and public affairs programming. WVIK, operated by Augustana College, will broadcast on 90.1 FM.

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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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