Day in history for July 23, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Graham House, a Rock Island hotel, came under new ownership and was renamed the City Hotel. According to news clippings, the new proprietor had a very fine omnibus with which to carry passengers from the boats to the hotel.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Carl Shurz, Secretary of the Interior, passed through Rock Island on his way to California. Accompanying him were his two daughters.

1905 -- 100 years ago
A horse driven at breakneck speed collided with a bicyle ridden by T. LaVelle, who was thrown over the handle bars, injuring his right arm and leg.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Frank O'Doul of the Philadelphia Phillies was leading the National League with an average of .403. Chuck Klein, a teammate, was close behind with .307.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Steve South, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester South, 3313 24th St., Rock Island, won a tool board as a prize for the best built soap box entry, awarded last night at the Soap Box Derby Picnic at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Illini Beef Packers Inc. has agreed in principle to sell its beef slaughtering and processing plant on a 427-acre tract at Joslin to Dubuque Packing Co. for $11 million.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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