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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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