Day in history for September 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A glass of sparkling soda drawn from the chilled fountain at Cook's new drug store is a luxury these days with the mercury reading 90 and upwards.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The attendance in the Rock Island public schools during the past week was about 1,700 pupils.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The steamer Columbia of the Carnival City Packet Company and the steamer Sidney of the Diamond Jo Lines will make their last trip north for the season.

1932 -- 75 years ago
An unmasked bandit obtained approximately $20 in a holdup at the George H. Walker department store, 4011 7th Ave., Rock Island, and escaped in a waiting truck.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Indian dancing by both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and fly casting, target shooting, archery and rolle bolle exhibitions will be included in the varied program for the second annual Scout-O-Rama to be held by the City of Rock Island at Sunset Park Sunday.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Movie star Burt Reynolds gave the boys at Arrowhead Ranch in Coal Valley the coat off his back, and it will be among the items for sale during the 10th annual ranch round-up and auction Sunday. Reynolds responded to a letter for auction assistance by sending a jacket he wore in the movie 'Sharkey's Machine,' said ranch staffer Ray McCollum.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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