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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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