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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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