Day in history for July 16, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The new crossing between Guyer and Nordell's blocks is a pattern worth following. It is the only good crossing in the city.

1882 -- 125 years ago
There are three cases of tetanus in the city at the present time, all resulting from the explosion of toy pistols on the Fourth of July. Two of the cases are expected to prove fatal.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The parade of the Ringling Brothers Circus yesterday was about the finest thing ever seen in this city in the way of a circus. There were 600 horses and 1,286 persons in the column.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Thomas J. Jordan, formerly curate at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rock Island, has been named chancellor of the Peoria Diocese. In February, 1931, Father Jordan was promoted to the Directorship of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the Diocese.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Davenport Levee Commission approved the construction of a 330-foot loading ramp for small boats in the Credit Island harbor. The program is scheduled to begin this month as soon as the river recedes and cost estimates are secured.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County's new jail may not be built next to the county courthouse after all. Some building commission members think the asking price for nearby property is too high.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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