Day in history for June 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
We learn that the house of Dr. Rathbun was entered by some burglar last night and the doctor's pants containing about $60 in money and a fine gold watch taken.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Just to be up with the times, the owners of the Harper House Music Store had a telephone installed.

1905 -- 100 years ago
It is given out officially that ''Silvis'' is to be the name of the new town which is being erected by the Rock Island Improvement Co. southeast of Warner's Crossing.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Duplicate tax bills, to be used as evidence in the suit of County Treasurer Carl W. Peterson against the Farmers State Bank of Hooppole and the Farmers State Bank of Annawan, have mysteriously disappeared from a large vault in the Cambridge courthouse.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Jack Fleck, previously unheralded young pro from Davenport, won the U.S. Open Golf Championship after beating Ben Hogan by three strokes in an 18-hole playoff in San Francisco.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A newly-approved rate increase for Illinois customers of Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. will boost the average residential natural gas bill about 90 cents a month, generating $1.4 million in new revenue for the utility.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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