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: 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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