Day in history for June 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A young lawyer in Rock Island went to the polls to vote and deposited a physician's prescription in the ballot box, then went to the drug store and offered his ballot for a prescription.

1880 -- 125 years ago
''The Widow Bedott'' was the attraction at Harper's Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dave Smith, elevator operator at the Modern Woodmen office, fell down the elevator shaft from the first floor to the basement and sustained scalp wounds.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Blenheim, an 18-1 shot, won the 151st running of the English Derby before a half-million spectators at Epsom Downs, England.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A threat to bomb the new W.T. Grant Store in downtown Moline unless it changed its hours of operating was ascribed by police to a crank. The store is the only downtown business to remain open Friday nights.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Someone jacked up a new car and removed four tires and wheels at Key Buick-Pontiac, 3700 16th St., Moline. The loss of the wheels and damage to the car when it apparently slipped from a jack was estimated at about $900.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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