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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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