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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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