Day in history for September 12, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Two German Methodist clergymen were holding German language services in the basement of the old church on Union Square.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Argus announced that Charles W. O'Neil of Osborn, Curtis And O'Neil, struck a bonanza in Colorado, where he has been located for some months.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The total enrollment of Rock Island public schools was given as 2,913, an increase of 149 over last year.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Thousands cheered as pilots participating in the National Air Tour coast-to-coast race made a stopover at Cram Field in Davenport.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Police reported 13 tackling dummies missing from Browning Field with 7 of the training devices recovered after a brief search of the bushes around the field. The dummies are rather sizable figures, about 4 feet high, weighing 50 pounds each.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Six seconds after a demolitions expert pushed a plunger, it was over, and all that remained of Moline's 48-year-old Arsenal bridge was a pile of debris in the river and the piers supporting the ends. The new span, an $8.2 million structure, will begin carrying traffic from Moline's 16th Street to the Arsenal next month.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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