Day in history for November 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The fire companies of Rock Island, Davenport and Moline will have a friendly meeting in our city Saturday to test engines and see which one can throw a stream of water the greatest distance.

1882 -- 125 years ago
About $2,500 in water rents were paid to the city clerk yesterday, the final day of payment. Shutting off water supply of delinquents will begin today.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The annual rummage sale held in the armory for the benefit of Bethany Home closed last night. Total receipts for the three days of the sale were $659.01.

1932 -- 75 years ago
William W. Gordon of Kansas City, Kan., has been appointed a member of the national board of directors of Modern Woodmen of America.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Kenneth M. Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Brown, Rock Island, has been awarded a $200 scholarship from the Interfoundation Committee for Economic Scholarships, Great Barrington, Mass. Brown is a freshman at the University of Notre Dame. He is a 1937 graduate of Alleman High School.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Industrial Sales Inc. handled the sale of 175 machine tools offered by International Harvester at auction. The machines were either displaced by the production lines moving to Farmall from Louisville or were obsolete and being replaced.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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