Day in history for August 25, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Eastern Hotel, opposite the Rock Island Lines station, advertised fine rooms for $1 a day.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Col. Robert B. Ingersoll planned to make a speech here advocating the election of Garfield and Arthur.

1905 -- 100 years ago
At the Arsenal Golf Club tournament, Ardo Miller defeated Leon Mitchell, 3-2, to advance to the finals of the club tourney.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Lon Chaney, who specialized in grotesque screen characterizations, died.

1955 -- 50 years ago
On their wedding day Leo Carey of Andover spread the word that he and his bride would have 17 children. ''I thought it was a joke,'' Mrs. Carey, now 44, said today. Her new baby, Frances Elaine, 3 weeks old, convinced her it wasn't. Frances Elaine is their 14th child.

1980 -- 25 years ago
China has ordered $7.5 million worth of International Harvester farm equipment, most of it made in the Quad-Cities, for wheat and soybean farming in its northernmost province. The order, which IH called ''the largest ever placed'' by China with a Western agricultural equipment producer, won't mean new jobs, but could prevent some layoffs at IH's Farmall Plant in Rock Island and East Moline Plant.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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