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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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