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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