Day in history for October 18, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Lettig's extensive brewery in Rock Island has been sold to Mr. Smith for $16,000

1882 -- 125 years ago
P.W. Norris, superintendent of the Yellowstone National Park, is in Rock Island to study the remains of the Indian village at Black Hawk Watch Tower and the Indian mounds at Milan.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Miss Fanny Cleland of Rock Island was elected corresponding secretary of the woman's home missionary society of the Illinois Presbyterian Synod at the annual meeting in Bloomington.

1932 -- 75 years ago
W.N. Phillips, actuary of the Modern Woodmen of America and Royal Neighbors of America, has been selected chairman of the annual membership roll call of the Rock Island Chapter of the Red Cross.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Tri-City Symphony Orchestra Association announces the reorganization of the Community Orchestra into a Youth Symphony, under the baton of Charles Gigante, conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A long-standing dispute between the Rock Island Recreation and Park Board and Rock Island County over polling places apparently will be settled in court. With the Nov. 2 general election two weeks away, both sides are getting edgy over a dispute about the polling place at Horace Mann School, 3530 38th Ave., Rock Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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