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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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