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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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