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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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