Day in history for July 15, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Mayor Harper, of Rock Island, with his accustomed public spirit and energy, is raising money for two fire companies. Our citizens ought to subscribe liberally.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The old Rodman Mill was discovered ablaze early in the morning. Firemen called to the scene extinguished the blaze before too much damage was done.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Judge Lucian Adams attended a meeting of the trustees of Jubilee College, an Episcopal institution. The school has been closed for several months, but was scheduled to reopen in August.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Howard Fryman struck out 16 Keokuk batters as Rock Island defeated Keokuk, 3-1, before more than 2,000 fans at the first night baseball game in Rock Island's history. The game was played at Douglas Park.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The last piece of steel for the new Scott County Courthouse was swung into position today. Following the dictates of custom, the American flag was sent aloft on the final beam.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline aldermen will vote on a proposed ordinance that would prohibit property owners from allowing weeds and other nuisance plants from growing more than 12 inches high.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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