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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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