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: 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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