Day in history for July 26, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A French soldier was knocked down by the wind from a cannon ball. The effect was so severe that it caused a paralysis of the tongue so that he could not speak.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island was having its hottest summer in many years.

1905 -- 100 years ago
At a special meeting of the city council, the mayor was instructed to proceed with the raising of funds for the construction of a local and interurban transit waiting station at Market Square.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. E.G. Don of Rock Island bowed to Mrs. A. Pardue of Sioux City, 10th ranking American woman golfer, 3-2, in the semi-finals of the Iowa Women's Golf Tournament.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Saturday's ''flood'' in the East Moline business district was blamed today on an abnormally high runoff of rain water from parched ground in the hill districts. Unofficial estimates of the amount of rain falling in less than an hour ran as high as three inches.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Firemen from Port Byron and Hampton battled a blaze that destroyed a barn at Rapids City. The barn, owned by William McClure, contained hay. Firefighters were called at 11:30 a.m. and found the building engulfed in flames.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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