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: 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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