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: 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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