Day in history for August 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Rev. J. Clark, of near LeClaire, was struck by lightning and killed instantly. Witnesses said the lightning entered the house through a stovepipe.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Lyman Trumbull, Democratic candidate for governor of Illinois, and other candidates for state posts, held a reception at the Harper House. Prominent Democrats from all over the district were in attendance.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Argus published some reminiscences of the legal profession in Rock Island by William Jackson.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Light showers in the Quad-Cities afforded only slight relief from the burning heat wave which the day before sent the mercury to 103-degrees to break all August records in the 60 year history of the U.S. Weather Bureau.

1955 -- 50 years ago
One of Rock Island's parking meters, missing for 6 months, has been returned. It was found in a yard in Davenport. Davenport police traced its source to Rock Island by the type of meter.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Moline Police Department looked something like a greenhouse after officers confiscated 11 houseplants in an arrest about 2 this morning. The plants were stolen from the front porches of 2 Moline homes.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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