Day in history for July 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A railroad track was laid, running from the main line down to the low water mark on the levee, for the purpose of discharging railroad iron ore from the cars to flat boats and taking it across the river to Davenport.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Secretary of War Alexander Ramsey was the guest of the Rock Island Arsenal. A reception and dinner were held in his honor at the Harper House.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Col. S.E. Blunt, commander at the Arsenal, announced that the speed limit there would be 15 miles an hour.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Bobby Jones, the defending champion, was tied for the lead in the first round of the United States Open Golf Tournament with Wilfred Cox, each with a one-under-par 71, one stroke ahead of the rest of the field.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Nettie Diess, 198 3rd Ave., Moline, complained to police that tomato plants in her garden at her residence have been systematically stripped of tomatoes while she has been at work.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Geneseo Knights will compete against 23 other drum and bugle corps July 26 at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, in the third Drum Corps Midwest Championship.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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