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: 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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