Day in history for June 4, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We hear that a large number of laborers in the city have struck for $1.50 per day. This wage does not seem unreasonable considering the high cost of living.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The wet weather of the last few weeks has caused the planting of corn throughout the county to be late.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The general's salute of 16 guns was fired for the first time in the history of the Rock Island Arsenal yesterday when it was given in honor of General Baron Kuroki of Japan who visited the Arsenal.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Five members of the Rock Island Police Department took the second examination yesterday to select a night captain. The applicants are Gus Kirsch, Detective Dennis J. Bennett, Officers Harry E. Fitzsimmons, Otto S.Johnson and Charles H. Miller.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Final plans for Bermuda Shorts Day, sponsored by the Rock Island Downtown Retail Bureau, have been made. Retailers are scheduled to convene at the Fort Armstrong Hotel next Monday morning at 11, wearing shorts.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Sixty-four of the Quad-Cities best Pac-Man players will compete for $2,000 in prize money Sunday in the Quad-Cities Pac-Man Tournament for the Heart Association. The playoffs will begin at 1 p.m. under tents behind Lee's Liquors, 3722 14th Ave., Rock Island.

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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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