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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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