Day in history for September 5, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
An Argus subscriber offered a $15 reward for anyone finding and turning in to the post office a portfolio containing $130 in bank notes.

1880 -- 125 years ago
At an election of officers for the Fifth Ward Democratic Club, John LaFranz was named captain, George Alter, first lieutenant, and John Quinlin, second lieutenant.

1905 -- 100 years ago
A heavy storm struck Rock Island. The home of E.H. Dunavin was slightly damaged by high winds and a barn on the farm of Charles McMichael of Milan was totally destroyed.

1930 -- 75 years ago
William Randolph Hearst, American publisher, arrived in London after his expulsion from France on the grounds that he was an enemy of France and a danger in their midst. Mr. Hearst said he had no complaint to make about the matter.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City police today joined in a hunt for fur thieves who pulled the largest burglary in the area's history during the weekend when they rifled the Gordon Fur Collection in the Union Arcade, Davenport.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Site preparation has begun for a $2-million-plus Tri-City Jewish Center in Rock Island at the former Hebrew Park, 30th St. and 29th Ave.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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