Day in history for August 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A poor woman has lost her small black portemonaie (purse). It was lost coming from the island to the city by way of the bridge. It contained $10.95 and a medal.

1882 -- 125 years ago
About 4,000 people gathered in Union Square to hear Biehl's band present the first open air concert of the season.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Dan Patch was the star attraction at the Davenport race meeting yesterday. The famous horse ran the mile in 1:58.5. The track record was lowered by two seconds.

1932 -- 75 years ago
With one of the battlefronts in the war of Illinois miners against a reduced wage scale moving closer to the Quad-City area, Sheriff Fred R. Schlueter acted promptly to curb any disorders in case the miners decide to march on Rock Island County mines. The nearest they have come to the Quad-City area has been three miles southeast of Coal Valley.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Not many years ago farmers were satisfied to plant their corn two rows at a time. Then came the four row planters and cultivators to match. The big news in modern farming today is the John Deere 694. It is a six row planter and a cultivator which plows the same width swath.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Carbon Cliff residents are now eligible for increased flood insurance benefits on their homes and property.

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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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