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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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