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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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