Day in history for August 7, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Through the neglect of the county clerk, the papers in the ferry appeal case were not sent up to the circuit court in time for trial in the last term. The ferry company gets an opportunity to collect its old high rates of toll all summer.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The city rock pile was formally opened this morning in the Rock Island Armory yard where rock has been placed for that purpose. A large crowd gathered to watch the first workers.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Trustees of the $100,000 Rock Island new factory fund voted last night to request all subscribers to pay their first installment of 20 per cent. A total of $135,000 was subscribed.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The sweetheart team of the screen, Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, appear in 'The First Year,' their latest flim now playing at the Fort Theater in Rock Island.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The annual Perseid Meteor Shower will be observed by the Popular Astronomy Club Sunday at the Sky Ridge Observatory, Coaltown Rd., south of Moline.

1982 -- 25 years ago
After a brief meeting Friday afternoon, Deere And Co. and United Auto Workers negotiators recessed contract talks until Aug. 23. A company spokesman would not comment on the content of the meeting, negotiators could not be reached for comment.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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