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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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