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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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