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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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