Day in history for October 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Squire Swander wishes us to say that he means what he says in his advertisement.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Several cities above the Rock Island are hatching a scheme to bring the proposed Hennepin Canal to the river above the Rock Island rapids, but officials here are still hopeful of having the outlet near this city.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Argus reported today that the big turbine liner Lusitania ended the fastest trip ever made across the Atlantic when it was docked at New York after crossing from Ireland in four days, 19 hours and 17 minutes.

1932 -- 75 years ago
About 80 Rock Island County church and Sunday School leaders enrolled in the leadership training school which opened last night at the South Park Presbyterian Church. The classwork is being sponsored by The Rock Island County Council of Religious Education and will continue for five more days.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island Navy Mothers Unit 343 last night made plans for the annual tag day to be held Oct 19 in Rock Island. Mrs. A.F. Wellver is chairman.

1982 -- 25 years ago
After copping the top honor in amateur body building, Dale Ruplinger has his eye on turning professional. Mr. Ruplinger was named Mr. Universe Saturday in the middlewieght class in the competition held in Brussels, Belgium.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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