Day in history for July 5, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
There was a splendid contest for cash and speed at the Davenport race track yesterday. The top prize was $2000 for the four-mile heat. Some of the best horses in the country were entered.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Fourth of July was quietly observed, except for the continuous explosion of firecrackers and torpedoes.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Gun Club held two matches yesterday at the Watch Tower range. The winners were E.C. Eberhart and Ben Driffill.

1932 -- 75 years ago
John W. Graham of Rock Island was elected secretary of the Elks lodge last night, Graham also has been appointed assistant manager of the Elks club rooms.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Estimated figures show that between 70,000 and 75,000 people are on the Centennial Bridge between Rock Island and Davenport each day, a figure well over the entire population of the City of Rock Island.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Two years ago, it was an eyesore, a disgrace to the community. Soon it will be a point of pride. Soule Bowl, the football and track home of the East Moline Panthers, is nearing completion of its $1.3 million renovation project. It is scheduled to be completed August 15th. 'I couldn't be happier with it,' said East Moline athletic director Gene McCarter as he surveyed the bowl recently.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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