Day in history for June 29, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
It was reported that in the larger cities of the United States, manufacturers were sending men about the streets picking up old cigars, then making a large profit by converting them into chewing tobacco.

1880 -- 125 years ago
James M. Buford and F.M. Sinnett were the winning candidates at the school board election.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Miss Marion West, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell West, was married to Thomas Totten. The Rev. Granville H. Sherwood, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, officiated.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Forty-one persons were killed in electrical storms that swept down from Newfoundland and the northeastern section of the United States. Thirty were killed when a bolt of lightning struck a boat in Brockville, Ontario.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A plane, acquired by the Jaycees, is scheduled to fly over Rock Island at 4 p.m. Friday and drop 2,000 leaflets describing the Saturday night fireworks show to be held at 7:30 p.m. in Rock Island Public Schools Stadium.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A car drove through the playing field of a Moline soccer game at Riverside Park Sunday night, tearing up the sod, ripping the nets, and narrowly missing some of the players.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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