Day in history for July 3, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Two steamboats, the Prairie State and the Kentucky, were destroyed by fire. The new fire company from Moline were on hand and rendered efficient service in preventing further damage by the fire.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A marriage license was issued to Meils Walladsen and Miss Lena Dauber of Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The steamer J.S. arrived today and tomorrow will carry three separate excursions to Muscatine from Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A dozen or so persons, who happened to be in the Moline business district about 2 o'clock this morning, were startled by a young woman playing Lady Godiva with an automobile instead of a horse.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island County Fair Association last night announced it has received $59,600 from the State of Illinois Fair and Exposition Fund to erect a building on the 33-acre fair site south of East Moline, purchased May 1.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Moline Public Library recently completed another step in its preparation for a computerized circulation system. Specific instructions for writing the computer's program were drawn up at a meeting of the libraries involved in the system.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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