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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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