Day in history for July 22, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
It was announced that on Aug. 25 a train would leave Davenport for Walcott, Iowa. It was the first section of railroad constructed in that state.

1880 -- 125 years ago
There was comment in Rock Island that not too many people were playing croquet. Even tennis was not taking hold. The Argus referred to tennis as a game much in vogue in Europe and in the east.

1905 -- 100 years ago
''At Cripple Creek'' was the first attraction presented at the Illinois Theater when it reopened for the season Aug. 4.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Rookie Walter Murphy struck out 10 batters as Rock Island dealt Waterloo a 12-0 defeat in a Mississippi Valley League tilt at Douglas Park.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Four men were hurt when an elevator they had loaded with frozen strawberries dropped 12 feet at the Service Ice and Cold Storage Co., at the foot of 44th St., Rock Island. About fifty 30-pound cans were on the elevator when the mishap occurred.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The heat wave has deteriorated Illinois' corn crop to the point where the likelihood of another record harvest is remote. An extended period of high temperatures and no rain could mean yields below 100 bushels an acre.

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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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