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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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