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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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