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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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