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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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