Day in history for June 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The express train from Chicago the other day had 10 passenger cars full of passengers and three baggage cars.

1882 -- 125 years ago
H.J. Symes of Rock Island, amateur billiard champion of the northwest, defeated Lannie McAfee of Davenport in a match game last night.

1907 -- 100 years ago
William H. Taft, secretary of war, arrived in Rock Island this afternoon accompanied by General William Crozier, chief of ordinance.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Famous canine movie star ''Rex'' was visiting Rock Island today with his master as a featured act in the Sam B. Dill Circus which early this morning pitched its tents here.

1957 -- 50 years ago
George H. McDonald was named president of the Rock Island Library Board last night, succeeding Ben T. Reidy, who had served three years. Mrs. W. C. Grant was named vice president, an office that had been held by Mr. McDonald. Marshall C. McClain, a former president and former secretary, was named secretary, succeeding the late Prof. Oscar L. Nordstrom.

1982 -- 25 years ago
In a move he says is aimed at keeping the city financially sound, East Moline Mayor Denny Jacobs, ordered all city employees to take one unpaid day off per month and keep overtime to a minimum. The order, Jacobs said, will remain in force until further notice.

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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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