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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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