Day in history for July 5, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Glorious Fourth was celebrated in a becoming manner on board the fine steamboat J. McKee at our levee. The merry voice of the ladies, the happy faces of the men and the brisk popping of champagne contributed largely to swell the patriotism of the audience.

1881 -- 125 years ago
At the Christian chapel today, the Rev. Irwin A. Searle preached on ''Our Murdered President.'' He attended Hiram College with President Garfield, who was shot by an assassin day before yesterday.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Otto Huber and sister, Miss Amelia, left for Europe.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Harms Hotel in Rock Island was sold at auction this morning by James F. Murphy, master-in-chancery of the Rock Island County Circuit Court, in connection with the foreclosure action of Frank P. Welch, Rock Island.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Dick Rickson, 832 23rd St., Rock Island, wrote the words and melody of ''On Christmas Day,'' accepted for publication by Tin Pan Alley Company of New York City.

1981 -- 25 years ago
John Neil Reagan paid a visit Friday to the place where he and his well-known younger brother, Ronald, were born. ''Moon '' Reagan is in the area to attend the 55-year anniversary reunion of the Dixon High School Class of 1926.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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