Day in history for October 14, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Hugh Livingston of Camden has favored us with a specimen of molasses made from Chinese sugar cane grown on his farm.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The remodeled Rock Island Post Office was formally opened this morning. The office is now equipped with 1,500 lock boxes.

1907 -- 100 years ago
At the meeting of the city council Alderman Anderson presented an ordinance providing that the name of Long View Park be changed to Jackson Park. It will be considered at a later meeting.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Reductions on tax assessments were granted on 885 of 1,502 cases in which complaints were made and assessed values in Rock Island County were lowered a total of $374,304.

1957 -- 50 years ago
At least 73 cases of flu tested by a bacteriologist at the University of Iowa were definitely of the Asian type. The epidemic broke out at the Iowa university on about Sept 17th. As many as 125 students per day were being treated but the number has now dropped to about 25 per day.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Illinois Department of Corrections officials assigned a top level Chicago attorney to represent them in their case against former East Moline Correctional Security Capt. Don Smith after deciding the case was too complicated or sensitive for the state attorney general's office to handle.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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