Day in history for July 2, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A large raft was smashed on the bridge piers yesterday morning. The damage was reported to be heavy. Whether any lives were lost or not, we do not know.

1882 -- 125 years ago
An Italian band discoursed sweet music on the street yesterday and collared the nickels from the persons who were generously disposed.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The law prohibiting the sale of cigarets went into effect today, but almost all merchants still have them for sale and will have until further steps were taken by the state.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island had the lowest death rate in the Quad Cities in 1930 with a figure of 10.4 per 1,000 population, the United States Census Bureau reported in a recent tabulation. Moline led in the birth figures, 26.7 per 1,000 population. Rock Island's birth rate was 13.1.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Contracts totaling $1,444,245 for the major part of the $2 1/2 million new power plant at East Moline State Hospital were announced today. The new power plant will replace the original building constructed in 1897.

1982 -- 25 years ago
About 180 employees of John Deere Plow-Planter Works will be laid off indefinitely because of reduction in production schedules. It will drop employment at the plant to about 1,700, with about 1,250 laid off indefinitely.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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