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: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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