Day in history for June 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A Rock Island grocery and produce store advertised that, following the purchase of a new wagon, the store would not only make deliveries to homes and hotels, but also to small steamboats.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Barnum's ''Greatest Show on Earth'' was playing in Rock Island. Barnum's show was rated as the greatest entertainment medium of the time.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The rainfall measured 5.10 inches, the heaviest ever recorded in Rock Island in any 24 hours in June.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A scientist announced that he had discovered the cause of the common cold and had developed a cure and a preventative.

1955 -- 50 years ago
This weekend the city of Silvis will celebrate its 50th date of founding during Golden Jubilee festivities. For the occasion, a brief history has been prepared by M.W. Pennell, organizer of the first fire department and for many years fire chief, police chief and street commissioner.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Fort Armstrong Theater, Rock Island, has been entered in the National Register of Historical Places. The theater currently houses Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse.

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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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