Day in history for August 6, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The San Francisco Californian claims that at the next election for president and vice president, the vice president should be taken from the shores of the Pacific.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Professor Hathaway resigned as principal of Rock Island High School.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The performance of ''At Cripple Creek'' at the Illinois Theater marked the opening of the theater season in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Maj. Gen. Douglas MacArthur was appointed chief of staff of the Army by President Herbert Hoover, succeeding Gen. Charles P. Summerall.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Widespread protests were voiced in Rock Island County over plans to attempt to establish a $1,500,000 parimutuel race track on the Hoffman farm located on Highway 67, a mile and three-quarters south of Milan. The protests came mainly from the Commission on Social Action of the Council of Churches of Rock Island County.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Moline Gospel Temple at 2305 7th Ave. sustained more than $1,000 damage early today after a motorist on 7th Avenue apparently lost control of his vehicle on the wet pavement and slid into the building. A window and part of the stone foundation were damaged.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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