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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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