Day in history for July 30, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The man who struck Billy Patterson is said to be in town and on his way to Iowa City.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Bottled soda water is becoming a fashionable refreshment and quantities of the beverage have been sold here this summer.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Several freshwater herring have been caught recently in the Mississippi and Rock rivers.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Gene Sarazen, who holds two major golfing titles, and Tommy Armour, British Open champion, arrived in Rock Island this afternoon for their exhibition match at the Black Hawk Hills Country Club. They will play two of the Quad-Cities' leading golfers, Carter Abrahamson, Black Hawk professional, and Dr. Paul Barton of the Davenport Country Club.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A child's shoe that may be nearly a hundred years old was uncovered by Ed Clark, Cambridge, while redecorating his home. Clark was removing plaster from the living room when he discovered the shoe imbedded in the plaster.

1982 -- 25 years ago
It's just a preliminary figure handed down by Rock Island County Jail architects Phillips Swager Associates, but the $9 million price tag got oohs and aahs from Rock Island public building commission members during Thursday's meeting at the Rock Island County Board conference room.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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