Day in history for June 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
E.P. Reynolds, contractor for the grading for the railroad across the island of Rock Island, informs us that he will have the work completed and all his shanties removed from the island by next September.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Another tramp was run over by a train from which he was jumping last night at Moline. He also was brought to the tramp room of the Rock Island Armory. Three Rock Island doctors amputated his left leg but will wait until he gets stronger before removing his right leg.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Ralph Sheriff of Reynolds had the highest percentage in the competitive examination for the free scholarship at the University of Illinois to be granted to one student of Rock Island County.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Farmall Works will be enlarged by the construction of two buildings and the adding of 1,000 workers.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Fire damage amounting to $400 was caused to exhaust fans in a truck belonging to the Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. The fire is reported to have been caused by a cigarette tossed among the paper cartons containing the fans in the rear of the truck.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Sterling Cosmetology School, a downtown Moline institution for 22 years, is moving to East Moline's 42nd Avenue. Ed and Carol Lasky, co-owners of the school, say they expect the building to be completed and to be moved in by mid-September or October.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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