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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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