Day in history for November 7, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
On Tuesday evening, a little girl was crossing the river to Davenport on the ferry with a roll of manuscript entitled ''My Trip to France and Rome, No. 5,'' which she lost. It was being sent over the river to be copied. A reward of $5 will be paid for its return.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Arrangements are being made to raise the hull of the Jennie Gilchrist which sank in a collision with the Rock Island bridge some time ago.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Head Clerk C.W. Hawes of the Modern Woodmen of America announced a gain of 4,456 members in October. The membership now stands at 822,763.

1931 -- 75 years ago
First basketball practice of the year was held in the Augustana College gymnasium this week with a group of 20 reporting to Coach Art Swedberg.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Burglars stole a stock of sweaters, stockings and women's undergarments last night from Herman's Hosiery and Underwear Co., Black Hawk Road and 30th St., Rock Island.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Visitors to the new Mercer County Hospital would appreciate it even more if they took a trip through the old hospital first. The new hospital, where there is an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, is spacious, warm and cheerful, contrasting sharply with the dark, dreary, musty old building that is being vacated.

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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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