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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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