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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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