Day in history for July 24, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Graham, at his stove and tin-ware store, has just received a large lot of iron chairs, mantles, grates and gas fixtures which he sells astonishingly cheap.

1882 -- 125 years ago
A test of water pressure in the city main was made last night when the Rescue Hose Company threw two streams of water over the spires of the Central Presbyterian Church.

1907 -- 100 years ago
More than 3,000 carmen employed in the shops of the Rock Island Lines are now on strike. The walkout was called in sympathy with the cause of the striking carmen at Silvis.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Children of the Rock Island play grounds will hold their annual Lantern Parade at the Public Schools Stadium. This will be the first year in the stadium. In previous years it has been held in Long View Park.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Switches thrown today activated an entirely new $500,000 full color printing press including auxiliary equipment and signaled completion of the first phase of The Argus million-dollar expansion and remodeling project.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Twelve-year-old Suzanne Hoke broke into tears when the judge handed her the award for the best cat in the show Friday at the Rock Island County Fair. She clung tight to her cat, Bridget, a red tabby that had wandered to the Hoke home as a stray.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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