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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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