Day in history for June 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A Rock Island woman, speaking before a gathering of local ladies, said the reason children were so bad in that generation was because of the advent of the button shoes, making the shoes difficult to slip off easily. She said in her day, the old slipper used to do its duty with surprising results.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Argus suggested the name of James M. Buford for a place on the board of education.

1905 -- 100 years ago
During the electrical storm Saturday, lightning struck the cottage occupied by Capt. Thomas at Rock Island Arsenal. Only slight damage resulted.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Chicago Chief of Detectives John Stege announced that he would have every well known gangster and hoodlum in the city in jail within six hours in an attempt to find the murderer of Alfred ''Jake'' Lingle, Chicago Tribune crime reporter.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Two bandits stole $1,800 from the Tri-City Supermarket, 754 15th Ave., East Moline, last night as the money was being delivered to a bank.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island school officials have applied for a $57,053 state grant for transitional bilingual programs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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