Day in history for October 16, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Next Monday has been fixed as the day for election of aldermen to take the the place of Mr. Lynde and Mr. Truesdale. The people should see that their succors are men who will go for the interests of the city.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Crowds of young and old adorned the Bengston corner yesterday waiting for an opportunity to patronize the new Milan Line. Every car to Milan was loaded from end to end.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Since the 1st of September, all mail handled by the Rock Island Post Office has been weighed in accordance with government orders. A total of 52,708 pounds was handled.

1932 -- 75 years ago
'The Phantom President,' a timely and hilarious political comedy featuring George M. Cohan, Claudette Colbert and Jimmy Durante, opened at the Fort Theater. The picture marks the debut of Cohan.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's first corporation counsel is the first woman ever appointed to a city legal job. Dorothea O'Dean, 3925 24th St., was named to the city's controversial number two legal post last night by City Manager Gordon A. Stearns.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Champions of rolle bolle's Western League were awarded their trophies by league president Wilbur Bender and treasurer Ken Sturtewagen. The champions are Toots Causemaker, Ken Suhr and Art Borgonjon.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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