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: 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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