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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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