Day in history for September 12, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A new bowling saloon has been opened by Mr. Downey under the Rock Island House.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The roustabouts of the steamer Pittsburgh yesterday struck for higher wages while the boat was at the Rock Island wharf. Their salary was raised to $30 per month.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island's hopes for a Three-I League pennant brightened considerably yesterday when the Islanders trounced Cedar Rapids and Bloomington downed Decatur in both games of a double header.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island children gathered up their books this morning and started back to school to begin another year of study.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Clarence L. Sturm of Manawa, Wis., a member of the board of directors of CARE, will speak at a Lions Roar event Sunday when the Moline Lions Club will be host to 42 clubs in west-central Illinois. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Moline Legion Building.

1982 -- 25 years ago
An afternoon of dancing and fun was held this week on board the Julia II excursion boat. The passengers included 130 members of the Moline Senior Citizen Center, 620 18th St., said Lynn E. Wilkinson, director at the center. A band played music for dancing and listening, and refreshments were served. Later on, a sing-a-long was held.

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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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