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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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