Day in history for July 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Joseph Johnson and B.J. Cobb left Rock Island for Chicago where they were to serve on the jury of the U.S. Court. R. Wilkenson, also selected to serve on the jury, was forced to remain in Rock Island because of ill health.

1880 -- 125 years ago
George Holland's company played to a full house at the Harper Theater for a matinee and evening performance.

1905 -- 100 years ago
There was no public celebration of the Fourth of July but the day was a noisy one and good order was maintained.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Darkened skies and showers caused curtailment of many plans for Fourth of July festivities by Quad-City residents. The day was fairly quiet with only a few minor fireworks casualties.

1955 -- 50 years ago
About 14,000 persons attended the annual fireworks display in Rock Island Public Schools Stadium Saturday night, launching July 4 activities throughout the Quad-Cities.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A clerk at the Haag Drug Store, 1628 15th St. Place, Moline, told police a man came into the store about 3:20 p.m., asked for change for the telephone, left the store, then returned and grabbed money out of the cash register.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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