Day in history for July 25, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The papers of the month have paid feeling and worthy tributes to the memory of that patriarch of the press, Thomas Ritchie.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Ben Cable received his racing scull today and will go into practice.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fire destroyed two piles of lumber at the Rock Island Sash and Door Works.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce has arranged to revive the custom of having evening band concerts in Long View Park.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An oddity occurred on the John Wilson Broadview Brown Swiss farm, four miles southwest of Hillsdale, when Broadview Una Rod, a 7-year-old cow, dropped triplet calves. This is a rare occurrence and very few have been reported in this part of the country. The calves, two heifers and one bull, are frisky and in good health. The sire of the youngsters is Rainbow, Wilson's own herd bull.

1979 -- 25 years ago
For 80 years the Crescent Bridge carried Burlington-Northern and Milwaukee Road trains across the Mississippi between Rock Island and Davenport. However, a towboat and 12 barges crashed into the bridge May 7, and the old structure emitted ''distressing sounds'' when the next train crossed. Jim Hagle, a spokesman for Burlington-Northern, said the future of the bridge ''is in limbo'' while railroad officials attempt to determine the extent of the damage, the repair bill and who's going to pay it.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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