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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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