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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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