Day in history for August 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Latest reports from Baltimore, Md., stated that the yellow fever epidemic had caused more than half the population to evacuate their homes.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Red Wing took on a large number of plows and agricultural implements at Buford's Plow Works.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Hank Walters, right fielder of the Rock Island baseball team, whose skull was fractured in a game at Springfield, was in serious condition in a Springfield hospital.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A death threat was received by a Moline reporter as a sequel to the bombing of the East Moline Sandwich Shop bar. The threat and bombing are interpreted as a challenge on the part of a powerful liquor ring against a rival bootleg faction.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Services for Dr. G.F. Johnson, 82, the horse and buggy doctor who guided East Moline through its days of birth and adolescence, will be at 10 Wednesday morning in Mayr's Funeral Home, Ventura, Calif.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District will receive the largest amount of state and federal money in its history, three grants totaling $3.6 million, during the fiscal year which began July 1.

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