Day in history for August 30, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Murray McConnell of Illinois, the newly appointed auditor of the treasury, reached Washington, was sworn in and assumed his position.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Democrats of Milan organized a Hancock and English club with a membership of over 600 members.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. J.W. Scott, his wife and their daughter Jean, of Springfield, were guests at the home of Orrin Leonard. Dr. Scott was secretary to the state board of health.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Chicago Cubs were in first place in the race for the National League pennant, closely followed by the New York Giants. The Philadelphia Athletics paced the American League.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Facilities for an Air Force reserve squadron, involving construction expenditures estimated at $3,000,000 to $5,000,000, are proposed for the Quad-City area. No decision has been made whether the base would be located at Quad-City Airport, south of Moline, or the Davenport Municipal Airport at Mt. Joy.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Junk cars will soon be a thing of the past in Silvis as city and county officials begin marking and towing the vehicles by authorization of a new abandoned auto ordinance.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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