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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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