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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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