Day in history for August 3, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Between 30 and 40 citizens of Shelbyville died of the cholera within a week. Most of those who died were railroad laborers.

1880 -- 125 years ago
John Trumbull, Democratic candidate for governor, and other candidates for state offices, were registering at the Harper House.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The annual state conclave of the Knights Templar of Illinois was scheduled to be held in Rock Island Aug. 8-10.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Marjorie Mansell, 21-year-old radio singer, was arrested at Detroit for questioning concerning the murder of Gerald Buckley, crusading radio announcer. Police said she was a close friend of Pete Licavoli, ''key man'' in the case, whose auto was found in her possession.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A demand by Ald. John H. Carlson that Moline City Council should ''take the bull by the horns'' and do its own street painting job instead of waiting for the state highway department was turned down last night.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Burglars stole guns, badges and a pair of handcuffs Friday night from the homes of a Rock Island policeman and his neighbor, a Rock Island auxiliary policeman. The burglars also took several uniforms.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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