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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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