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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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