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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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