Day in history for July 23, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The railroad company has defied the city authorities in continuing with construction work. The city council earlier denied their request for permission to make improvements at the depot.

1882 -- 125 years ago
A little more than $200 dog tax has been collected thus far. The collection will be faster now with the annual slaughter of the 'unpaid' beginning in 10 days.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Charles L. Larkin was unanimously elected president of the Rock Island Library Board last night.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Moline extended its winning streak to two games yesterday by rallying to trim the Keokuk Indians, 7-4. The Plows face the Indians again tonight. Meanwhile, the Islanders continued to roll as they downed Waterloo, 12-0.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Roy E. Eaton story will be told on a national television show, with scenes filmed at the Rock Island courthouse where the man obtained freedom after 16 years wrongful imprisonment. One of the 'actors' was Eaton himself. He was released from prison in April, 1956, after it was proved he did not participate in a Rock Island kidnap-robbery in 1938.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline Lutheran Hospital is continuing work on a $437,354 renovation of its west wing after resolving questions that prompted city officials to order work stopped.

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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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