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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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