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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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