Day in history for July 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Eleven Rock Island citizens died from sunstrokes in the same day due to the intense heat.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. A.B. Allen, rector of the Trinity Episcopal Church, preached on ''The Glad Tidings of the Apocalypse.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Eclipse Packet Co. announced a reduction in rates. The round trip fare between Rock Island and Clinton was reduced from 75 to 50 cents.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Improvements which will make the Dr. R.C. Calkins dog and cat hospital, 2204 3rd Ave., Rock Island, one of the most modern in this section of the state, are under way.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Members of the Moline Skin Divers Club were attempting to capture a huge catfish near Lock 24 of the Illinois Mississippi Canal north of Geneseo. The fish, reportedly weighing in excess of 100 pounds, was being sought for display by the Illinois State Conservation Department.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Jason Newton of Wiman Park won top honors in the ''Best Boat'' category of the East Moline Recreation Department Doll and Model Contest at Mitchell Park. Newton was among about 100 youths, ages 5 to 15, from the city's nine supervised parks participating in the event.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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