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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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