Day in history for August 14, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Ned Davis' famous Negro minstrel steamer, 'Banjo,' will be in Davenport with its cargo of fun next week.

1882 -- 125 years ago
J.K. Emmet will be the next attraction at Harper's Theater. He will appear Friday in 'Fritz in Ireland.' This is one of his most popular roles.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A prospectus has been issued by the First Savings Bank Life Insurance Co. of Illinois, a new venture in the insurance field which will have its headquarters in Rock Island.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Kiwanians at their noon session today decided to present the name of Earl H. Hanson, principal of Rock Island High School and former president of the club, as the club's choice for lieutenant governor of the Illinois and eastern Iowa district at the district conference in Bloomington, Sept. 11-14

1957 -- 50 years ago
Two Hampton brothers, Ed Vickers, 19, and Richard, 17, left the Quad-Cities on their bikes for Sacramento, Calif. They made Glendo, Wyo., 900 miles away in six days. Their only mishaps so far have been three flat tires and a bent wheel.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Illinois State Lottery had a record year with revenues jumping 55 percent to $334.7 million in new money for state programs, said Michael Jones, lottery superintendent.

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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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