Day in history for July 13, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The City of Rock Island is free from debt and the best solution in the west for manufacturers, merchants, mechanics and capitalists to settle.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The City Council voted to close the contract with the Rock Island Electric Light Co. for lighting the city streets by the tower system.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Several thousand people enjoyed the picnic of the Orangemen at Little's Grove near Preemption yesterday. The entertainment consisted of good music and good speeches.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Council of Sea Scouts yesterday received a 24-foot motor sailer from the United States Navy yards at Norfolk, Va.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Defense testimony will be heard Monday at 9:30 by the jury in the Federal District Court at Peoria in the condemnation suit brought by the Davenport Bridge Commission to acquire land for an approach for a proposed second Bettendorf-Moline span.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The St. Joseph's Parish Council voted Monday night to offer for sale to the Rock Island County Public Building Commission the property that contains its 108-year-old church and junior high school. The council's decision allows the building commission to proceed with plans to buy property in Rock Island's west end for use as a new county jail site.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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