Day in history for September 13, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We notice that the name of the City Hotel has been changed to the Vermont Hotel.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Last evening the new play, 'A Square Man,' was given for the first time in this city and attracted a good sized audience to Harper's Theater.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A report made to the Board of Education last night by Superintendent H.B. Hayden showed the enrollment in the schools to be 2,829 which is 92 less than last year.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The 'little world series' opens tonight at Douglas Park with Rock Island playing the second half champions, Davenport, for the title in a best-of-seven series. If weather conditions continue favorable, the turnout for the initial game will be between 4,000 and 4,500.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Friday the 13th smiled on Rock Island High School students. They had an unexpected half-day off. Thanks to a broken six-inch water main on the 25th Ave. entrance to the building, the water had to be turned off in the building to make repairs.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Former Rock Island Alleman athlete Mark Johnson was recently hired as an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Iowa. Johnson, who wrestled at 198 pounds for the U.S. Olympic team, is a former All-American at Michigan and a former Mr. Florida.

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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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