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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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