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 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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