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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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