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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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