Day in history for July 9, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
An enlargement of the passenger depot has commenced in order to accommodate the express office, telegraph and baggage.

1882 -- 125 years ago
There is some talk of a fall meeting of the Tri-City Trotting Association, but as yet no definite plans have been adopted for the contemplated event.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Cosmopolitan Shows turned over $85 to the firemen's benefit fund today as a result of their showing here last week. The company claimed that receipts for the week totaled only $1,200.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Carl. V. Brock of Marion, Ind., has been appointed manager of the McCabe Dry Goods Co. of Rock Island, it was announced today.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Eagle Signal Corp. and Local 2045 of the International Assn. of Machinists have reached an agreement on a two-year contract providing for wage increases, it was reported today by Carroll Wright, business representative of the union.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Construction began today on a $600,000, 7,900 square foot Mississippi Valley Girl Scout Council Program Center on 1st Avenue east of 20th Street, on property donated by the City of Rock Island. Elview Construction, Inc., Davenport, will serve as general contractor. Completion of the building is scheduled for early 1983.

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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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