Day in history for August 25, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The cholera is abroad and chloride of zinc is the most powerful and effectual agent known for purifying the atmosphere and cleaning the air.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The police have been instructed to capture the horses which have been allowed to run at large on 1st Avenue at night and to hold them at the city pound.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The city has purchased a light for the fountain donated by the National Humane Alliance and set up at Flattron Square on 17th Street.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Williams-White Co. of Moline will share to the extent of $61,450 in the federal contract for the lock operating and power house machinery and a complete electrical control system for the Rock Island 9-foot channel project.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A permit for construction of a new convent for the sisters of St. Joseph's Catholic School, Rock Island, was issued by William K. Kiser, Rock Island building inspector. The convent will be erected at 1301 3rd Ave.

1982 -- 25 years ago
About 18,000 phone lines within the city of Rock Island went dead between 11:14 a.m. and 12:18 p.m. today. Gary Robinson, manager of Illinois Quad-City Bell, said he hoped to have a full explanation on what caused the outage and have phone service returned to normal early this afternoon.

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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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