Day in history for October 1, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The proprietors of this paper have two presses on hand, both in fine running order. One of them will be sold at manufacturers' price, the purchaser to have his choice.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The new series of national bank notes, brownbacks, are circulating in Rock Island, but not in great numbers. The $5 note has a handsome picture of President Garfield on it.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Fifteen Rock Island residents were taken violently ill last night after eating imitation fruit jelly at a boarding house. Quick action by physicians, however, is believed to have averted possible fatalities.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Chicago and the World Series are realities today for the eight happy winners in The Argus carrier contest. Seven boys and a girl surpassed all other carriers in the sale of new subscriptions during a three-week contest.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The appointment of James Lerch as plant superintendent of Rock Island Works, J.I. Case Co., was announced today by H.H. Hudson.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Caterpillar Tractor employees went on strike today while negotiators for Deere And Co. and the United Auto Workers postponed talks on the eve of a new round of layoffs. About 70 Caterpillar workers carrying picket signs hit the streets just before midnight.

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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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