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: 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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