Day in history for August 5, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Good watermelons were for sale by Mr. Dayo at his market opposite the City Hotel yesterday.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Next Monday the new Cable waterworks will be given their final test. It is the intention of Superintendent Kramer to pump 4,000,000 gallons in 24 hours.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Lieutenant Col. Frank E. Hobbs, the new commanding officer of Rock Island Arsenal, arrived in Rock Island last night and took command at the Arsenal this morning.

1932 -- 75 years ago
A resolution urging the city councils of Rock Island, Davenport, Moline and East Moline to take action toward reduction of rates charged on electric lights, gas and telephones in the Quad-City area, was adopted by the Tri-City Federation of Labor last night.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Several hundred spectators joined Davenport's small boat operators yesterday in dedicating new Credit Island Harbor boating facilities under a Davenport Levee Commission. A two-mile long string of decorated boats paraded from the main channel into the long harbor.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The downtown Business Association of Rock Island wants the city coucil to lower the fees for day-long parking in Rock Island. The recommendations came in response to a continuing downtown parking problem in Rock Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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