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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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