Day in history for July 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The citizens of Dubuque celebrated the completion of the Illinois Central Railroad and the lighting of the city with gas by a barbecue and other festivities.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Davenport Gazette said of Rock Island: ''The streets of that city, during the past two years, have been placed in the best condition for travel ever known.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
A Supreme Tribunal of the Fraternal Tribunes was in session in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Quad-City boxing fans got their first glimpse of Primo Carnera, the 285 pound giant from Italy, who fought two exhibition matches at the Palmer School outdoor arena. Also on the fight card that night was Kid Leonard of East Moline.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The tail of a tornado quite possibly fanned Fair Acres Addition, south of Silvis, early this morning as a brief thunder and lightning storm broke a nine-day heat wave which drove the temperature up to the year's high of 96 degrees yesterday.

1980 -- 25 years ago
There's good news for motorists who use Wolf Road northwest of Geneseo. The bridge over Elk Creek near Illinois 82 is going to be replaced.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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