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: 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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