Day in history for June 28, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Thomas Francis Meagher, distinguished Irish patriot and exile, arrived in this city yesterday and stopped at the Rock Island House. He will deliver one lecture in Rock Island tomorrow.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The reports from the agriculture regions are to the effect that the crops are in good condition notwithstanding the heavy and incessant rains.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Lines began this month to publish a magazine for the benefit of its 37,000 employees.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Paul Kochanski, Polish violinist, will appear as guest artist for the Tri-City Civic Music Assn. as one of the four concerts to be presented next season.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A Coal Valley man, Wallace S. Smith is one of 14 officers cited for outstanding police work in 1956 by Illinois State Highway Police Benevolent Group Board. Patrolman Wallace S. Smith, an officer of State Police District 7, been given a third place award of $50 for courage exhibited during motorcycle races at the 1956 Illinois State Fair.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A fire early Sunday caused about $15,000 damage at the Boat Limited tavern on Illinois 92 west of Andalusia. Andalusia Fire Chief Richard Kaiser said the damage was confined to the kitchen and a storage room that housed cooling equipment.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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