Day in history for June 15, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Great Western Railroad Circus, featuring some of the finest riders, gymnasts and acrobats in the country, was scheduled to play for one day in Rock Island.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Barnum's Circus left for Freeport. The performance here was superb as Dockrill's trained stallions thrilled the crowd. Among the human curiosities were ''Goshen'' the giant and the tiny ''Queen Mab.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. M.R. Iglehart of Rock Island entertained a company of 25 friends at a musicale in honor of Mr. Herman Clark of Chicago.

1930 -- 75 years ago
England's feminine tennis stars regained the Wightman Cup by a margin of four matches to three, beating America's top aces, Helen Willis Moody and Helen Jacobs, in the final doubles matches.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Two Rock Island youths were arrested by Moline police after one of them exploded a firecracker in front of a squad of cruising Moline police officers.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Blondelle Lashbrook, 71, long-time fourth-grade teacher at Hoffman School in East Moline, won first place in a writing contest for senior citizens sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council and the Two Rivers Arts Council at Western Illinois University.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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