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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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