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: 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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