Day in history for July 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
S.P. Webb, a former resident of Rock Island, was defeated by a small margin of votes, for mayor of San Francisco.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Argus published a story to the effect that a movement to establish a city hospital was at hand. Local physicians were giving the project much support as well as many citizens.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Benjamin Sergent perfected a device to be used on railroads to prevent rails from spreading. All major railroads were expected to have the device in operation within a short time.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Babe Ruth, of the New York Yankees, led the American League in home runs with 32. Hack Wilson, Chicago, the National League leader, had 24.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A search was continuing today for a valuable German Shepherd dog that escaped from a shipping crate at Quad-City Airport. The dog, owned by a California woman, was seen near the airport early today, but has so far managed to elude searchers.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A six-door 1979 limousine, valued at $22,000, was stolen sometime late Sunday or early Monday from a locked garage at the Esterdahl Mortuary, 1216 5th Ave., Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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