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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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