Day in history for October 29, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Coal Valley Mining Co. has coal at reduced rates and the Carbon Cliff Co. is determined not to be beaten. Now is the time to get your winter supply.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Gas Co. has been notified that its services in lighting the streets will not be required after Oct. 31 as it is hoped that the streets will not be in use before long.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Grading and the work of widening the Sears Canal at the Rock River was begun today in preparation for the construction of a huge water power electric plant at that point.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Margaret Strang, Rock Island, took first place in the Big Nine girls' declamation contest at the Geneseo Township High School. She read the selection, 'Eyes of the Blind.'

1957 -- 50 years ago
Susan McDonald, Rock Island harpist and winner of the 1955 Grand Prize of the Paris Conservatory in France, made a guest appearance on the NBC-TV's Today Show and thoroughly captivated the program's emcee Dave Garroway.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Illinois Quad-Cities posted the state's highest unemployment rate in September, with 18.9 percent joblessness, the state Labor Department reported today. In September, 1981, joblessness in the Illinois Quad-Cities was at 8.9 percent.

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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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