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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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