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 store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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