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: 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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