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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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