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 Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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