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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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