Day in history for June 13, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The low stage of river water made it impossible to send freight to St. Louis by steamer. To compensate, the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad began sending wheat and corn through to St. Louis.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Barnum Circus played in Rock Island before one of the largest crowds of people to gather for a show in Rock Island's history.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The district convention of the German Methodist Epworth League was held in Rock Island at the German Methodist Church.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Jack Sharkey had a weight advantage of nine pounds in their battle for the heavyweight championship in New York. The German weighed in at 188 pounds and Sharkey at 197.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Services for the new Catholic parish in southeast Rock Island will be held temporarily in a frame building on the parish grounds at 24th Street and 31st Avenue. The Rev. E.M. Farrell, pastor of St. Louis Church, Princeton, Ill., has been appointed pastor.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline officials say they're concerned the physical requirements for the fire and police forces may be discriminatory to women or ethnic groups with small bone structures.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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