Day in history for July 14, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A man was arrested for violating the city ordinance of racing horses in the street. He paid a $2 fine and costs and was released. Later, he told friends that even after being fined he had still made a handsome profit. Seems the race wasn't just for fun.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Tony Pastor's Variety Show played to a packed house at Harper's Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
A group of young people, chaperoned by Mrs. A. Anderson, left Rock Island to spend several weeks on Campbell's Island at a camp to be called ''Camp Rocky Eye.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
The mercury took a nosedive in the Quad-Cities over the weekend. From a reading of 100 degrees at 3:34 Saturday afternoon, the temperature fell 44 degrees to rest at 56 Monday morning.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police continued their search for a woman motorist who in the past four days has bilked three gas stations out of a total of $6.35 worth of gasoline.

1980 -- 25 years ago
About 900 cyclists from across the Midwest braved 90-degree heat this weekend as they pedaled their way from Riverdale, Iowa, to Dubuque and back during the third annual two-day bicycle Tour of the Mississippi River Valley.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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