Day in history for August 31, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Gov. Barstow, Wisconsin, received the nomination for reelection, having 108 votes out of a possible 126 on informal ballots.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A fishway was being constructed at the Little Dam, in accordance with a law ruling that fishways must be constructed near each dam.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The conference of the Christian Volunteers closed in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Taking the pylons at 120.77 miles an hour in a Monocoupe, Vern Roberts of Moline won the 25-mile men's cabin ship race in the National Air Races at Chicago. Bart Stevenson, also of Moline, finished third.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Millwork Co., 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, was closed today for cleanup operations after Rock Island firemen were called to the plant five times yesterday. The trouble centered in a 4-story brick sawdust storage building at the north end of the plant.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Kathy Campbell, 21, of Rock Island, and about 60 other riders left the Rock Island YMCA last Saturday for a four-night, five-day ride to the Indiana state line. Sponsored by the Joliet YMCA and Bicycle Club, the trip drew riders ranging in age from 15 to 56 years.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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