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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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