Day in history for October 12, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We are glad to see Mr. Huggins, the popular clerk at the Rock Island House, back at his old job once more.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Squire Cropper sighted a fox near the public square early this morning. The animal disappeared in a hole in the sidewalk although a hunt was organized, the fox eluded capture.

1907 -- 100 years ago
L.S. McCabe was elected president of the Rock Island Safety Deposit Co. at the annual meeting of the stockholders yesterday. The company's new building will be ready for occupancy by the first of the year.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Pupils of School District No. 43 may be barred from attending Rock Island elementary and junior high schools unless the board of directors of that district finds a way to meet the entire expense involved in the education of these children, it was announced at a meeting of the Rock Island Board of Education.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Lt. Donald Wittevrongel 27, of Rock Island has been credited with performing a remarkable feat by landing his crippled Air Force refueling plane single handedly. He is praised for bringing the 1000,000-pound tanker down alone.

1982 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester has been ordered to pay Deere And Co, $28.4 Million for willfully infringing Deere's cornhead patent from 1974 through 1980.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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