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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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