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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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