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.

Back: Available days in July 2007




Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

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.






(More History)