Day in history for August 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We notice surveyors running their lines on the levee to connect the Peoria Railroad track with the Chicago And Rock Island. We hope the city council will not allow any such thing to be accomplished.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The prohibition amendment in Iowa has driven a large number of thirsty people to this city. All of the vacant stores have been rented for saloons and the demand still is on the increase.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The wreck of the government dredge, Phoenix, recently burned at the dock in Rock Island.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The $50,000 earthen levee, proposed for Rock Island Arsenal in connection with the $5,500,000 roller dam and locks project in the Mississippi River, may be constructed from funds allocated under the emergency relief bill recently passed by Congress.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Six members of the Rock Island County Barracks No. 410, Veterans of World War I, attended the eighth district meeting in Peoria yesterday. Robert Upton, A.E. Welliver, Earl Hodge, Oscar Herneren, Glen Reed and Wilbur Chamman made the trip.

1982 -- 25 years ago
William A. Hewitt, internationally know industrialist and for the last 27 years chief executive officer of Deere And Co., has been nominated by President Reagan to be ambassador to Jamaica.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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