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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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