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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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