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: We hear that Col. Reynolds has employed C.D. Merrill to drill for water to supply the Rock Island Barracks.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Billy Catton, famous billard player, returned to Rock Island with a view to making this city his home in the future.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The belief is growing that a great decisive battle of the World War was being fought at Verdun, a strong fortress of France on the Meuse near the French frontier, according to a London dispatch.
1939 -- 75 years ago: William Stremmel, 91, Rock Island's last Civil War veteran, died.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Workmen of the Midwest Wrecking Co., Clinton, have begun razing the historic old office building of Deere & Co., 1325 3rd Ave., Moline. The site will be used by the Deere Plow Works for its shipping and receiving department.
1989 -- 25 years ago: East Moline developer Jim Massa says the financial package for the proposed $34.5 million Quad City International Motor Speedway is down to making sure "all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed. Finalizing this will give the green light to see if NASCAR and CART, the auto racing sanctioning bodies, approve race dates.

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