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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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