Day in history for June 12, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Cutter has made a very fine commencement on his lot on Illinois Street, having erected two handsome iron front stores.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The advance guard of the circus came into town last night. People cannot be too careful leaving houses properly protected and should not carry money or valuables going into a crowd.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Arrangements have been made by the Union Malleable Works at East Moline for the closing down of the works for a short time this summer.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The streets in front of The Argus office are expected to be crowded with enthusiastic fight fans tonight to listen to the blow-by-blow description of the Sharkey-Schmeling championship bout in New York.

1955 -- 50 years ago
When Donald W. Ferns returned from Navy duty, it marked the end of a cycle of service for five brothers who have worn uniforms a total of 14 years since 1941. They are sons of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Ferns, Rock Island.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The intersection of Illinois 84 and Illinois 92 at the East Moline-Silvis border has the unflattering distinction of being the Quad-Cities' top traffic accident hot spot.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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