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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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