Day in history for August 13, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Why doesn't someone bring prairie chickens to market? They are selling for 40 cents each in Davenport.

1882 -- 125 years ago
An aesthetic thief has been down on 8th Avenue and has helped himself to a number of plants and flowers belonging to residents in the neighborhood.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Walter Freeman of Rock Island again lowered his time of swimming the Mississippi River at Rock Island, crossing in 15 minutes and seven seconds.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. C.D. Waterman of Davenport became women's champion of the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club for the 12th time this morning when she defeated Miss Velma Driffil of Rock Island.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A young ex-Marine from Moline may be on his way up to some degree of fame as a bullfighter. He is Rocky Moody, 22, who fought in the Korean War. Moody now is studying and fighting young bulls at Aguascalientes, sometimes called Mexico's 'bullfighter factory.'

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Twin Rivers Bass Association will hold its fourth annual Mississippi Valley Bass Clubs Tournament at Sunset Park in Rock Island Aug. 28. Area bass clubs are invited to send their best 10-man team to the competition. Proceeds go to the Foundation for Crippled Children and Adults. Last year's event earned more than $12,000.

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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.






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