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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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