Day in history for September 3, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
During a 24-hour period, 13 persons died from yellow fever in Norfolk, Va. The disease was thought to be assuming a milder form.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Word was received after a European tour, Rev. A. Mennicke, John Sauerman, Peter Hay and Ulas Utka arrived safely in New York and were planning to return to Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. H.C. Holdorf was surprised yesterday by about 25 friends and relatives, the occasion being her birthday. At a guessing contest, prizes were awarded to Miss Regina Blake and Mrs. John Flanders.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Eggs were advertised in the Argus for 21 cents a dozen. Beef pot roasts were 13 cents a pound and pork roasts sold for 17 cents a pound.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A big game hunt is on today in Henry County. The subject of the search by a posse of citizens is an animal resembling a panther. Farmer Bert Berry and others saw the big cat in one of Berry's fields, six miles east of Kewanee, yesterday.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Illini Hospital officials plan to ask the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board for permission to construct a $400,000 office complex for physicians east of the hospital.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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