Day in history for July 1, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Orr, better known as Angel Gabriel, while preaching at Lawrence, Mass., was shot by a man in the crowd. The shooter was seized by the mob, strung to a tree and hanged until dead.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A special omnibus last night took members of the Old Settlers Society from Market Square to the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Bell on Broadway (22nd) Street. The Bells were honored on their 50th wedding anniversary.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Frank J. Otis, a Harvard Medical School junior, was hurt after the motor of his plane stalled, causing the plane to dive into a pond near Boston.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A joint city plan for East Moline and Silvis remained up in the air today while Silvis officials attempted to arrange a meeting for a final decision. East Moline taxing bodies agreed to sponsor the plan whether they were joined by Silvis or not.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island councilmen have agreed to study liquor-license fees after city tavern owners protested that they pay some of the highest rates in the state. Ed Gleason, president of the Rock Island City Tavern Association, told councilmen their license fees are almost double those of similar-size cities.

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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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