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: 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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