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: 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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