Day in history for March 5, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The cold weather continues and the ice gives no sign of another start downstream.

1882 -- 125 years ago
A cold wave struck the city last night, but no snow accompanied it and it is hoped that it will not tarry long.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Tool Co., the city's newest industry, has secured the former Thompson Foundry on 24th St. and the machine shop in the Donaldson Sawmill and will begin operations at once.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Plans to recognize the efforts of pupils who fail to win regular athletic awards although they try out for various school teams, are being considered by the boys' work committee of the Rock Island Junior Chamber of Commerce.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The City of Rock Island today faced the task of getting rid of thousands of dead fish which lay along the banks and frozen in ice at Lake Potter in Sunset Park. The fish are practically all ''skipjacks,'' a type which skips and lives near the surface of the water. Death of the fish is attributed to lack of oxygen.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Managers of Quad-City apartment buildings are wondering these days where all the people have gone. Managers of large area apartment complexes say business has been down, and most blame the massive layoffs at area farm implement industries.

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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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