Day in history for June 21, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
David Stoddard, convicted of the murder of his wife, was sentenced to death by Judge Ira Q. Wilkinson in district court.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Florence Herbert Company produced ''East Lynne'' at the Harper Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Mississippi River was rising so rapidly that people were vacating homes near the water. In Muscatine a child drowned when the levee broke. The river stage at noon in Rock Island was 14.30.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Bobby Jones won the British Open Golf Championship for the third time with a score of 291. Having won the U.S. Open and the British Amateur title already, this was the third major crown worn by Jones within one year.

1955 -- 50 years ago
National Open Champion Jack Fleck today agreed to a match with three other Quad-City pros, Pat Patton of Short Hills, Paul Bell of Arsenal and Pete Pelcher of the Davenport Country Club. The match will be played Saturday at the Arsenal Golf Course.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Deere And Co. Chairman William A. Hewitt, who supported George Bush for president, is now one of 40 business and financial executives feeding research and policy recommendations to Ronald Reagan.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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