Day in history for July 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We had a shower of rain yesterday afternoon, mercury 84. The temperature had been over 90 for the past three days.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Burlington Railroad is about to open the gravel bed between Lyndon and Erie and will use the material in placing the track to Rock Island in first class condition.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Word was received from Washington today that the government is planning to establish a plant at Milan for the chemical preparation of lumber used in the construction of barges and small boats.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Islanders, apparently not satisfied with the championship for the first half of the season, handed Waterloo two trimmings over the weekend in their bid for the second half championship. They now have won 11 games in a row.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island man and his brother, who haven't seen each other in 43 years, were reunited for a day here. They are Leon VandeKeere, 403 19th Ave., Rock Island, and Julius VandeKeere, a retired logger from Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The 11th annual Quad Cities Open is upon us. This year's field of 150 golfers will be hard-pressed to duplicate last year's five-way playoff won by Dave Barr. The five-way playoff was the largest in PGA history.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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