Event:      Mississippi River Navigation History (Arsenal Island Sesquicentennial History Break)

Date:  Thursday, November 8, 2012
The Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society will present an Arsenal Island Sesquicentennial History Break lunch and learn program in honor of the 150th anniversary of Rock Island Arsenal. A staff member from the Mississippi River Visitor Center will speak on Mississippi River Navigation History from noon-1 p.m. in the Caisson Room, Building 60, Rock Island Arsenal. Use the Rock Island or Moline entrances. A current photo ID is required for ages 16 and up. Reservations are required; call (563) 355-6165 or email for details. Foreign visitors must register one week ahead by calling (309) 782-2686 between 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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