Day in history for June 1, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Peak Family will be here today and open at the Island City Hall this evening. They are one of the best musical companies now in existence.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Four lightning rods have been placed on the jail building and the occupants now have less fear of suffering instantaneous death.

1907 -- 100 years ago
General Baron T. Kuroki, representative of the emperor of Japan, will arrive in Rock Island on Monday to make an inspection trip through the Rock Island Arsenal.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Selmer H. Berg, superintendent of public schools in Stoughton, Wis., for the past eight years, has been appointed superintendent of Rock Island Public Schools to succeed J.J. Hagan, who resigned at a special meeting of the Board of Education this morning.

1957 -- 50 years ago
About 70 prisoners in the Scott County Jail demonstrated for a half hour yesterday in protest to having ''beans five-times a week'' and against the trustee who prepared the meals.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Elliott Flying Service, Moline, has agreed to purchase a fixed-base operation in Omaha. The business will be Elliott's fourth location. Besides Moline, Elliott operates at airports in Minneapolis and Des Moines. The Omaha business will be at Eppley Airfield, the city's municipal airport.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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