Day in history for June 23, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
John Goodman says his custom on the Fort Armstrong ferry has considerably increased since he reduced the fare to five cents. He thought public opinion demanded a reduction and he did not wait for the courts to reduce the rates.

1882 -- 125 years ago
There will be a large excursion from Peoria Sunday. The visitors will arrive early and will spend the day visiting points of interest about the city and on the government island.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A horse hitched to John Meyer's vegetable wagon became frightened while standing on Second Ave. and raced through Spencer Square, wrecking the wagon and scattering vegetables everywhere.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Thousands of Quad-City residents and visitors lined the streets of the Moline business district last night to witness the big Turner parade, one of the spectacular events in the 3-day program of the midwest invitational turnfest.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A meeting later this week will work out details of administering and deciding eligibility for $7,000 worth of Salk vaccine, to be purchased by the Rock Island County Chapter, National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Lines Depot, 3029 5th Ave., Rock Island has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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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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