Day in history for June 25, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Sewing seems simple enough, until one hears ladies talk of stilettos, bodkins, gatherings, surgings, hemmings, gorings, cuttings, whippings, cuffings and bastings. What a list of abominables!

1879 -- 125 years ago
In the election for office of collector at Milan, Alonzo B. McLain and G.J. Davis received the same number of votes. Judge Adams, in county court, ruled that they should draw lots for the office. Davis was the lucky man.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Barnum And Bailey Circus, which has been in Europe the last five years, will perform in Rock Island July 25.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island will have something new, stop-and-go traffic lights. The city council awarded contracts for installation of four lights at four loop intersections.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Four Quad-Cities men were rescued from a coal-type barge near the lower end of Credit Island after their towboat took on water and sank. Rescued after about a two-hour vigil were Raymond Rockhold, Rock Island, pilot of the boat; Morris Lomax, East Moline; R.E. Canham, Davenport, and Arthur W. Carstens, Rock Island.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Two Rock Island youths picked the wrong car to steal from when they broke into a police car and stole an officer's hat. Police captured two suspects about an hour later. The hat was recovered unharmed, but the squad car incurred a small amount of damage to its paint and window seal.

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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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