Day in history for July 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
John W. Turner, son of John B. Turner, Esq., President of the Galena and Chicago Railroad, recently graduated West Point with honors.

1880 -- 125 years ago
When a crate of live chickens was put aboard the steamer General Barnard, the bottom of the crate fell out and for a time there was a lively chicken hunt.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Company A of the Illinois National Guard left for Camp Lincoln.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Lloyd Nordstrom and Dr. Paul Barton, Davenport Country Club stars, won their first matches in the Annual Iowa State Amateur Golf Tournament at Sunnyside Country Club, Waterloo.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Three inspection cars are used over the Rock Island Lines. The automobiles can zoom over the rails when the pilot wheels, front and back, are lowered, and simply by raising the two standards, the autos are ready for the roads.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Thousands of Quad-Citians were without electricity today after an early morning storm knocked scores of power lines and trees onto homes, garages and city streets. The temperature dropped from 87 degrees to 72 degrees in 10 minutes as the storm rolled into the Quad-Cities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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