Day in history for April 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Mayor Bailey handed in his resignation and retired to private life.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Turner Society will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the branch with a special program April 15.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The village council of Silvis gave the Moline, Rock Island And Eastern Railway a 50-year franchise to construct a line through the village.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Charlotte Anderson Warren, Rock Island soprano, gave a pleasing performance as guest soloist with the Tri-City Philharmonic Orchestra yesterday in Augustana College gymnasium.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City astronomers are going to get a treat late this month when the comet Arend-Roland becomes visible to the naked eye. The Popular Astronomy Club has made tentative plans to meet in Dr. Carl Gamble's observatory in Moline on April 27, when the comet is expected to be near its height of visibility.

1982 -- 25 years ago
At age 3, Jerry ''Junior'' Jackson took a ride on a minibike. He's still riding seven years later and his latest stop was in the Houston Astrodome. There, Jackson claimed the Grand National Championship in the 60cc class. More than 90 bikers were in the class, but the rural East Moline youth won both his qualifying heats and the final among the top 24.

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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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