Day in history for August 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois Central Railroad Co. invites the attention of farmers regarding lands adjacent to their road that are offered for sale at low interest.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The hotel at Black Hawk's Tower is now approaching completion, and it is thought that it will be opened to the public very shortly.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Captain Swain is investigating conditions along the Hennepin Canal and the river with the idea of establishing a packet line when the canal is opened for navigation.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Quad-Cities residents who looked into the sky this morning were thrilled by the display of the Perseid meteors. Torn from other worlds millions of miles away, fiery objects hurled toward Earth from the constellation of Perseus. Few are expected to strike this planet.

1957 -- 50 years ago
About 4,000 thronged the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds yesterday on opening day of the fair and exposition to witness a thrilling show of stock car racing in front of the grandstand.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County has poured $399,827 'down the drain' for inmate housing costs and repairs at the county jail since U.S. District Court Judge Robert Morgan's decision last October on a suit filed by jail inmates.

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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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