Day in history for July 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island County Agricultural Society said its annual show and fair would be Sept. 26, 27 and 28 at the fairgrounds.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Blue Ribbon Literary Society of Rock Island held its first meeting at the Ninth Street Methodist Church.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. J. McCrory entertained the head officers of the Modern Woodmen at their home. The occasion was a song recital.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island County's courthouse is being fitted out in a new bonnet, the first since the building was erected more than 40 years ago. Workmen of the R.C. Harrington Roofing Co. of Moline began the task of removing the original copper sheeting roof.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Hugo R. Birkhahn, Rock Island, a teacher at the County Farm Home School for Boys, Coal Valley, has caught and mounted about 8,000 butterflies representing from 75 to 90 species found in this area. He uses his hobby to enrich his science classes at the school.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Fair gets rolling next week, and Bernice Bridge, and Marie Pearson, both of Taylor Ridge, have been busy with their paint brushes this week at the little red barn.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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