Day in history for August 8, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The members of the Young Men's Catholic Association are requested to meet at St. James Catholic Church Sunday.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The locations of the nine towers that will carry the new electric lights have been decided upon. Each section of the city will be awarded one of the towers.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Twin-City Driving Association of Rock Island was incorporated today and will hold its first race Aug. 27 to 30 at the 9th Street track. Running races will be held later in the season.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Efforts to reduce mothers' pensions in Rock Island County by about $3,000 were the subject of a conference today among members of the county board committee on public welfare and Judge George D. Long. Mothers' pensions in the county total about $35,000 a year.

1957 -- 50 years ago
At a special meeting of the board to the auxiliary of St. Anthony's Hospital last night, Margaret MacDonald was appointed president.

1982 -- 25 years ago
One East Moline trucker has littered his home with rows of glittering trophies. Testimony to his driving skills, Eldon Bostic skillfully wheeled 8-foot-wide vehicles from 30 feet to 60 feet around barricades.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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