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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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