Day in history for July 30, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Workmen are putting up the roof to the M.E. Church. The intention is to have enough done to be able to hold the session of the general conference in the new building.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A case of whiskey fell off the gangway of the Belle of LaCrosse, but a successful rescue was staged.

1905 -- 100 years ago
James Taylor, Taylor Ridge, celebrated his 87th birthday by walking up the stairs of The Argus building and visiting with reporters.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's second straight victory over Dubuque brought the Islanders to within half game of second place as Davenport lost to Burlington to allow a full game increase for Rock Island in the Mississippi Valley League standings.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Eleven student nurses from the Mercy Hospital, Davenport, left for Dubuque to relieve nurses who had worked all night caring for elderly and ill nuns who were rescued from a fire at the Mount Carmel Infirmary.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A limited edition, 1,000 copies, of the Quad-Cities USA theme song has been produced and is being sold through the mail for $1.50 each by the Quad-City Development Group, which has directed the campaign promoting the Quad-Cities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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