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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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