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: 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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