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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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