Day in history for January 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The city of Rock Island gave a majority for Buchanan And Breckinridge, being the first time it ever gave a majority for a Democratic president.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The icemen are making the most of the present cold weather and are gathering in the present crop of ice.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Water, due to melting snow and heavy rains, filled the Coal Valley Mining Company's mine at Cable to a depth of 22 feet. All of the workmen escaped before the mine became flooded.

1932 -- 75 years ago
An explosion of unknown origin wrecked the interior of Steve's Valet Shop, 423 16th St., Moline, causing approximately $800 damage.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Lee F. Tigh, grand monarch of the supreme council of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm, the fun loving unit of all Masonic groups in North America, will make an official visit to Zal Grotto of Moline Feb. 5.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A $141,000 five-year plan to enlarge Sunset Marina by adding 78 dock slips for boats has been recommended to the Rock Island City Council. The council is scheduled to consider Monday the plan proposed in a report by marina manager John Berley, who says the additional boat spaces built in increments over five years could raise $40,000 a year for the facility.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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