Day in history for July 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We had a shower of rain yesterday afternoon, mercury 84. The temperature had been over 90 for the past three days.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Burlington Railroad is about to open the gravel bed between Lyndon and Erie and will use the material in placing the track to Rock Island in first class condition.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Word was received from Washington today that the government is planning to establish a plant at Milan for the chemical preparation of lumber used in the construction of barges and small boats.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Islanders, apparently not satisfied with the championship for the first half of the season, handed Waterloo two trimmings over the weekend in their bid for the second half championship. They now have won 11 games in a row.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island man and his brother, who haven't seen each other in 43 years, were reunited for a day here. They are Leon VandeKeere, 403 19th Ave., Rock Island, and Julius VandeKeere, a retired logger from Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The 11th annual Quad Cities Open is upon us. This year's field of 150 golfers will be hard-pressed to duplicate last year's five-way playoff won by Dave Barr. The five-way playoff was the largest in PGA history.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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