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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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