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: 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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