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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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