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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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