Day in history for September 13, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A meeting to form a new Rock Island Library Association was announced in the The Argus. Backers of the group hoped to stimulate interest in starting a library.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Argus was shown a sample of Indian corn which was grown by James Starkey of Bowling Township. The corn was odd looking and grew in bunches, the kernels being small and in pods.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Miss Charlotte Chamberlin was elected high school librarian to succeed Miss Mae Lidders.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The mercury soared to 91 degrees as summer took a parting blow in the Quad-Cities.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A thief stole an antique beer barrel, used for advertising purposes, from a Moline Consumers truck Sunday night. The theft occurred while the truck was parked in the company's yard at 3rd Ave. and 24th St.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Mary VandeVoorde, 85, of Moline, will be awarded the Order of King Leopold II by George DeBier, deputy counsel general of Belgium, at a dinner Oct. 3 at the Deck Restaurant, Geneseo. VandeVoorde is being honored for her efforts in promoting and preserving Belgian Culture in the United States and, in particular, her lace-making skills.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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