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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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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