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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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