Day in history for September 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A total of 64 persons died of yellow fever in Norfolk, Va. A committee of city officials was enroute to Washington to ask the president to have the rest of the city's inhabitants evacuated to Ft. Monroe.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Union services in the courthouse square on the part of the Protestant churches of Rock Island were inaugurated at 4 in the afternoon.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mayor McCaskrin recognized one of his opponents in the mayoral race last night by naming James W. Cavanaugh superintendent of waterworks.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Automobile races provided thrills for more than 4,000 persons at the Mercer County Fair at Aledo. Bryan Saulpaugh, Rock Island driver, hung up a new record for the half-mile dirt track when he traveled the distance in 28 seconds.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Work is expected to start this fall on a pari mutuel horse race track at Milan, hinging on final choosing of a site and obtaining construction and state racing permits.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline police officers staged an informational picket in front of city hall this morning saying they are fed up with the slow pace of contract talks between their union and the city.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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