Day in history for August 9, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
For several days we have been advertising Moore And Meighan's Grocery Store as being on the corner of Rock Island and Madison Streets. There is no such street as Rock Island Street in this city. The store is on Illionis and Madison Streets.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The poll tax has been ordered to be collected and the street commissioner will soon have his hands full. Work on the streets is now at a standstill because of lack of funds.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Charles Bigney, Boston swimmer swam across the river to Davenport and back in 43 minutes before a crowd of 3,500 yesterday. The return was made in 18 minutes and 22 seconds.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Construction operations at the site of the Rock Island Locks and roller dam will be inspected late next week by a high official of the Army Engineer Corps.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Frank Hill, Rock Island, a patient at the Rock Island County Tuberculosis Sanatorium, yesterday received a 'helping hand' from another Rock Islander, Mrs. Arlene Sweeney, in the form of an automatic washer and drier.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Federal budget cuts are forcing Rock Island-Milan public school officials to drop a high-school remedial reading program and to slash the program in half at the elementary and junior high level.

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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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