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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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