Day in history for September 8, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Messrs. Semmons And Co., the celebrated English Opticians and manufacturers of the improved Brazilian Pebble spectacles, respectfully announce their arrival and may be consulted for a few days only at LeClaire House, Davenport.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The first car for the Rock Island and Milan street railway arrived from St. Louis.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The city dads of Rock Island and Moline battled at Island City Park for seven long innings for the benefit of Bethany Home, Rock Island, winning by a score of 18 to 11.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Robbers struck almost simultaneously at a Davenport bank and six other business places in the Quad-Cities during the noon hour in a record outbreak of crime and fled with loot in the estimated total of more than $20,000.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Campbell's Island residents were cutting trees on the five-acre tract near the famed 'Indian Massacre' monument for preparation of a community park. When completed, the area will include a baseball diamond, picnic area, tennis courts and playground.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Black Hawk College could have a new computer ready for spring semester if the BHC trustees follow a committee recommendation to spend $1.4 million for the machine, associated equipment and updated language packages.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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