Day in history for July 21, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
I will receive proposals at my office in this city until the 6th day of August, for the lowest and best bid for furnishing and laying down a sidewalk around the court house square, 14 feet wide, of good sound two inch pine plank. By order of the board of supervisors, Rock Island County.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Friends of the Hennepin Canal felt like throwing in the sponge yesterday. Today they may throw up their hats for the Senate has renewed the battle for appropriations for it.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Announcement was made today that the car shops of the Rock Island Lines will be moved from Chicago to Silvis.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Eight hundred thirty men are now employed at the Rock Island Arsenal, according to a report made today by Colonel Herman W. Schull, Arsenal Commandant.

1957 -- 50 years ago
About 45 blind persons from the area attended the 14th Annual picnic for the blind. The event, sponsored by the Rock Island Lions Club, was held in Long View Park.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The intersection of 42nd Avenue and 7th Street in East Moline is the most dangerous intersection in the Quad-Cities. That's the finding of this year's annual rating of the 10 most dangerous intersections in the five-county Quad-City area by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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