Day in history for June 2, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The steamer Commerce passed down on Monday and the Denmark on Tuesday. The Peak Family were on the Denmark which failed to arrive here in time for their concert as advertised for Monday evening.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The work of securing the right-of-way for the Rock Island And Southwestern railroad is still going on in the neighborhood of Andalusia.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. L.E. VanStappen has been appointed rector of St. Paul's Catholic Church to succeed the Rev. J.B. Culemans, who will take charge of a new parish in Moline.

1932 -- 75 years ago
More than $1,000 has been added to the Rock Island Community Chest fund. The total collected thus far is $21,073.33 and the goal is $25,000.

1957 -- 50 years ago
An application for a permit to construct a television station on Channel 8 was filed with the Federal Communications Commission yesterday by a group of five Quad-Cities men. The group formed an Illinois company this week, known as Community Telecasting Corp., with offices in Moline.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island's historic Fort Armstrong Hotel, 1900 3rd Ave., was auctioned off for $705,000 this morning but will continue operating as usual, a spokesman for the buyer said. The 62-year-old hotel was purchased by Black Hawk Federal Savings and Loan Association.

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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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