Day in history for August 5, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
By a census recently taken, the population of Burlington, Iowa, was numbered at 10,130, an increase of over 2,000 in 2 years. The city was 22 years old at the time.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Watermelons were unusually plentiful in Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Will Nagel, arrested on Island B of the Mississippi River, about 4 miles above Muscatine, on the charge of having knowledge of the murder of Carl Grady, Rock Island, made the charge that Josephine Collette committed the murder and that the body was buried on Geneva Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Babe Ruth led the major leagues in home runs with 40. Hack Wilson, of the Chicago Cubs, was the pacesetter in the National League with 35.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Moline's $357,000 downtown street widening and repaving project started yesterday with crews of Jesse Freeman, Inc., Moline contractor, laying a 36-inch storm drain line on 4th Ave. between 16th and 17th Sts.

1980 -- 25 years ago
There will be archaeologists as well as construction crews working on the first phase of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' flood prevention project in Milan this fall. An Indian camp once stood near the tip of Vandruffs Island.

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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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