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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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