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: 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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