Day in history for September 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
It was announced that the population of New York City, just taken by census marshals, was 624,176, a gain of over 3,000 from the last official census.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. William Brooks left for Groveton, Coos County, New Hampshire, where Mr. Brooks was born. They planned to stay several weeks before returning to Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Ringling's Circus paraded through the streets of Rock Island in the morning and gave afternoon and evening performances.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The St. Louis Cardinals extended their winning streak to nine games, winning a marathon 20-inning contest from the Chicago Cubs, 8-7.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The transition from the use of glass bottles to pure pack paper containers for milk products will be begun tomorrow by The Quad-City Fairmont Foods Co., the successor to Peerless Dairy Co., Rock Island.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Miss Peggy and her Romper Room Do-bees are returning to a late-morning time slot on WQAD-TV at the urging of area parents. The popular live educational program for preschoolers will move from its present 6:30 a.m. air time to 11 a.m. Sept. 8. Peggy Wittke hosts the show.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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