Day in history for June 30, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A well dressed man in Lafayette, Ind., borrowed a shovel and returned it about two hours later, bearing a bag containing 1,200 Mexican dollars which he had dug up near an old log cabin.

1880 -- 125 years ago
It was reported that during the month of June a total of 24 marriage licenses were issued in Rock Island. The total for the previous month was 29.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Argus carried a first-page story announcing the death of John Hay, Secretary of State, at his summer home, ''The Falls,'' at Lake Sunapee, N.H.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Chicago Cubs took over first place in the National League with a 5-4 victory over the Brooklyn Robins, who slipped to second place.

1955 -- 50 years ago
One of the strangest sights ever to be seen in the Quad-City area passed through virtually unnoticed early this morning, three men driving down the Mississippi River in a Plymouth. Three University of Minnesota students mounted an auto in the middle of a raft supported by oil drums.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Gen-Air Inc. got off the ground Friday with the certification from the Illinois Department of Aeronautics for its Ford Park airstrip east of Geneseo.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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