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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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