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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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