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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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