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: 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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