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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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