Day in history for June 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
There seems to be considerable excitement in Davenport over smallpox. There are no cases in this city that we are aware of.

1882 -- 125 years ago
P.D. Burke opened a new blacksmithing and horseshoeing shop yesterday on 3rd Avenue near 17th Street.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Islanders are still tied for first place with Decatur in the Three-I league race. They are expected to gain the top spot during their stay in Bloomington, which begins tomorrow.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island extended the glad hand of welcome to Illinois Eagles as state officers and delegates began to arrive for the 26th annual state convention beginning tomorrow. Between 300 and 400 delegates and several hundred visitors are expected to be on hand.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Herb Parsons, a man who 'had to shoot to live' while a boy, is now in the Quad-Cities with the title of 'the world's fastest gun handler.' Parsons will be one of the chief attractions at the Rock Island Arsenal's Sports Show, which will be held at the Arsenal this Saturday.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Census figures show that much of the recent population growth in the Illinois Quad Cities has been in the smaller communities. One of them, Colona, is now gaining a large group of small houses, the Greenwood Subdivision.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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