Day in history for July 12, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
'Ginger,' the wag of the Banjo company, really hit at the bridge nuisance yesterday evening.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Moline Blues defeated the Rock Island Stars yesterday, 18-16.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The heaviest rainfall of the year occurred last night with 1.2 inches falling in 25 minutes. The total rainfall for the past 24 hours was 2.38 inches, almost a record.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Bethany Home now has 55 children, according to a report given at the monthly meeting of the board last night.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's seven new air raid sirens were put in use for the first time when an alert was sounded at 9:59 a.m. The mock bomb did not fall until about 3 hours later. Rock Island has been designated as one of seven cities in Illinois likely to be bombed.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The St. Joseph's Parish Council will meet tonight to discuss selling the Rock Island church and adjacent property to the Rock Island County Public Building Commission as a site for the new jail. The church property, just west of the county courthouse at 13th St. and 2nd Ave., also includes Jordan Junior High School and a large parking lot. The St. Joseph's Church property is one of four properties that the commission is interested in.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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