Day in history for June 9, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We shall soon hear the tramp of the iron horse on the road to Coal Valley.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The tramp room of the Rock Island police station is still occupied nightly by some wandering representatives of the traveling profession.

1907 -- 100 years ago
H.H. Cleaveland was elected president of the Rock Island High School Alumni Assn. at the annual reunion.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Edwin Barry, apprentice at the Walgreen Drug Company, 1710 2nd Ave., Rock Island, won first prize in a nationwide counter display contest conducted recently. Mr. Barry received a gold watch.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A former Rock Islander has been an integral part of a team of scientists and engineers from Iowa State College, Ames, who have been conducting Arctic research for the Navy. He is Dr. Keith M. Hussey, associate professor of geology at Iowa State, who spent the summers of 1955 and 1956 in Alaska pursuing the research mission.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Pledges of $17,500 from anonymous, private donors will help keep the doors of Rock Island's only publicly funded day-care center open another year. Those funds, combined with increases in state aid, will erase a projected deficit at Rainbow Child Development Center, 4th Street and 16th Avenue, for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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