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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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