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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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