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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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