Day in history for September 2, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Michael Bartlett, Pleasant Valley, sold 2,600 watermelons during the season for an average of about 10 cents each. The melons were raised on 2 acres.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Board of Education elected as teachers Emily Freeman, Alice J. Lloyd and Jennie Kane.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. G.A. Andreen, president of Augustana College, spoke at Chataqua, N.Y. His topic was ''Eastward.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
Incoming trains brought hundreds of persons of Belgian descent to the 3 day Belgian-American Festival at Moline and East Moline. Among those attending the celebration were Prince Albert de Ligne and his daughter, Princess Antoinette de Ligne, of Belgium.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Big time rodeo will make its bow in the Quad-City area tonight with a star-studded cast of cowboy contestants competing for $3,000 in prize money. All performances of the Labor Day weekend rodeo will be held at the Quad-City Speedway, south of Moline.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Thieves stole more than $8,000 worth of roofing equipment at Ridgewood Grade School, 3007 7th St., East Moline. The equipment is owned by DeVolder Brothers Roofing Contractors Inc., Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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