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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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