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 fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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