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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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