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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