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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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