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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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