Day in history for September 24, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday morning two horses hitched to a wagon loaded with lumber ran away on Madison Street. The driver held on manfully until he managed to stop them.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Republican meeting in Union Park last night was fairly well attended by postal clerks and other government employees. A few other citizens also were present.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The present season promises to be the last one for clammers along the Rock River as the mussel supply has so diminished that digging is no longer profitable.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Things took on a bright aspect on the 1932 Rock Island High School football horizon last night as the Rocks opened their season with an impressive victory over Savanna, 19-0. Coach Kenneth F. Greene used 28 players in the game. Kenneth Johnson, all-around athlete and captain of the track team, was the shining light as he gained 105 yards on the ground in runs from his halfback position.

1957 -- 50 years ago
About 45 women employees at Buddy L Co., East Moline, were idled today because the paint oven broke down, plant officials said.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A group of about 50 Rock Island residents began organizing a drive Thursday night to stop Jewel-Osco Stores from purchasing the city-owned lot at 24th Street and 18th Avenue.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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