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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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