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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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