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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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