Day in history for September 5, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
It would not be a bad idea to have the walls of our city council adorned with large photographs of our mayors, past and present.

1882 -- 125 years ago
E.D. Sweeney was elected president of the board of directors of the Rock Island Public Library at an organization meeting. Major H.C. Connelly was named secretary.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Dr. Joseph DeSilva of Rock Island was elected president of the board of trustees for the institution of the feeble-minded in Lincoln, Ill. yesterday.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Thousands of persons attended outdoor celebrations in the Quad Cities over Labor Day weekend. A throng estimated at about 10,000 was attracted to Credit Island today for the annual picnic of the Tri-City Federation of Labor.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The most spectacular display of aurora borealis this year occurred from 9 to 11 last night. Dr. Carl Gamble, Moline amateur astronomer, described the northern lights as a 'grand display.' He said, 'I haven't seen the likes of it in 15 years.'

1982 -- 25 years ago
The first 10 condominium units of Forsberg Christian Retirement Center at 23rd Ave. and 1st St. A, Moline, are expected to be ready for residents in November. General contractor for the $450,000 project is Watson-Harness Construction, Milan.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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