Day in history for June 22, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Coal, difficult to obtain in Rock Island for quite some time, was plentiful after several boatloads arrived here from St. Louis.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The regatta opened at Moline with hundreds of people attending from Rock Island. The official umpire for the races was H.O. Downs of Chicago.

1905 -- 100 years ago
John Edward Cortism was the victim of a runaway accident and died shortly after in St. Anthony's Hospital. He was thrown from a buggy.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Plans were being made to install a lighting system at Douglas Park for the purpose of night baseball. The contract called for $9,500.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Younker Brothers, Inc., prominent midwest department store operators, will open a major department store in Rock Island about next April 1 at 2nd Ave. and W. 17th St. A long-term lease on the 5-story building was signed today at Younkers' central office in Des Moines.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Nancy Wruck's perfect 300-game Sunday on the final day of the Dispatch Handicap Singles Bowling Tournament at Highland Park Bowl was the first perfect game ever by a woman in an Illinois house in the Quad-Cities and the first by a woman anywhere in the Quad-Cities in almost 50 years.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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