Day in history for August 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Dr. J.R. Hayes has opened an office in Leas And Sons new block on Madison Street, opposite Union Square. His card can be found in our paper today.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A new plank sidewalk is being laid on the east side of the First Baptist Church and a new drain pipe put in from the end of the church adjoining the residence of the pastor.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The mile track races begin tomorrow. The Rock Island will run trains to the track every 15 minutes. Four $1,000 stake races are to be pulled off during the week, one each day, with 16 to 24 entries in each race.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Burglars ransacked the electrical store operated by the firm of Leithner And Weishar, 1616 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A building permit to construct a swimming pool at the Tallcorn Motel, Davenport, was issued to Frank Smith today. It will be the first motel pool in the area.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A Whiteside County farm family has been named a sweepstakes winner in the state 1980 Conservation Family of the Year Awards. The Doug Vandermyde family of rural Morrison was honored at the annual meeting of the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Springfield.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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