Day in history for July 25, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The work on the bridge is going forward as rapidly as possible and we believe it is the intention of the company to have it ready for the cars to cross the Mississippi as soon as the first of January.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Passenger traffic on the Mississippi River was especially good. Nearly every boat was crowded to capacity.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Argus carried a front page story announcing that Daniel S. Lamont, Secretary of War under President Grover Cleveland, died at his home in New York State.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Latest official figures on the devastating earthquake in southern Italy placed the number of dead at 1,778 and the injured at 4,264, to add to the terror of the earth shocks, Naples was swept by a hurricane.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Colona, a village about six miles east of Moline, is 100 years old today. The event crept up on Colona without much notice and no elaborate celebration has been planned.

1980 -- 25 years ago
One-hundred bands in 60 years. That's incredible. And local musician Bill Meier is still going strong. The 90-year-old Davenport native has been playing string bass with the Lou Thorne Band for the past seven years.

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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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