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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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