Day in history for May 13, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A post office has been established at Coal Valley and George Washburne has been appointed postmaster.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The stock of the Rock Island And Milan Horse Railway has been taken quite rapidly. Over $30,000 already has been subscribed.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Old Ladies Home in Rock Island, sponsored by the King's Daughters of the city, was formally opened at a public reception yesterday.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School dramatists reached a new high last night with the senior class play presented to an audience of more than 700 persons.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County's four state legislators will be guests of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Executives at a dinner and program Wednesday night in Springfield. Sen. Morris Muhleman and Reps. Ralph Stephenson, Paul Rink and Robert Austin have been invited to be guests of Illinois Quad-City Chamber executives.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline firefighters were stopped from setting two condemned buildings on fire for practice this morning, when Mayor Robert Anderson received complaints from irate citizens. The humidity and wind were conspiring to swirl the smoke around neighboring houses, Anderson said. The two houses, near 27th Street and 8th Avenue, are to be razed as substandard houses.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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