Day in history for September 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island Rhetorical Society met last evening in the county treasurer's office.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The convention of the Illinois liquor dealers closed last night with a ball at the Armory. The majority of the delegates are of aldermanic build, indicating that their business is a good one.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The work of relaying track on the Elm St. car line is rapidly being completed. Six new cars are being built to improve service for the hill district.

1932 -- 75 years ago
'Down to Earth,' the new comedy with Will Rogers, American humorist, opened yesterday at the Fort Theater for a four-day run.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The frigid air mass which buried the Rockies and parts of the Northern Plain areas in snow yesterday will make itself felt in the Quad-City area tonight, sending temperatures plunging more than 30 degrees from a high this afternnon in the upper 80s to a low tonight near 50. Tomorrow's high will be in the middle 50s.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Frank Trapkus poses in his back yard with his half train-half plane sculpture. It has 22 propellors. Trapkus, 72, has been an artist all his life and has filled his back yard with his own sculpture. All of the art objects are made of aluminum rods, iron, wire and various 'found' objects.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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