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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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