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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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