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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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