Day in history for August 26, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The steamship North Star arrived in New York Harbor. The boat left Southhampton, England, on the 11th, making the trip across the Atlantic Ocean in 15 days.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Voters of Rock Island were addressed by the Rev. Jackson Blackburn under the auspices of the Garfield Club.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Closing exercises of the Rock Island County Teachers Institute were held at the high school. Professor Redway's topic was ''Railways.'' Professor O'Shea spoke of ''Discipline.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
Hack Wilson, Chicago Cub outfielder, hit his 44th home run of the season to establish a new National League record and also tied Babe Ruth for the leadership in the 1930 home run derby.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The new terminal building at Quad-City Airport housed a 2-million-dollar ''business'' in its first full year of operation. This figure was one of the highlights of a fiscal-year report by George Kirk, Airport Manager, to commissioners of the Metropolitan Airport Authority.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island's Sunset Marina is expected to receive a $120,000 grant from the State Department of Conservation this week to improve and expand boat launch facilities.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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