Day in history for November 18, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
In Rock Island County the Democrats elected a school commissioner and the Republicans the balance of the ticket.

1882 -- 125 years ago
John M. Reticker, sheriff-elect, today filed his official bond with the county clerk.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island County clerk and treasurer were notified today that a rate of 50 cents on every $100 of equalized assessment of property has been fixed for state taxes this year.

1932 -- 75 years ago
More than 500 persons attended the second community night program presented last night at Washington Junior High School under the auspices of the Rock Island Playground and Recreation Commission.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The first social function, a dance of the newly-formed Milan Civic Center Youth Club, was held in the new Milan Muncipal Building. The dance was termed 'a huge success' and will be followed by a membership drive to bring more of the community's young people.

1982 -- 25 years ago
David R. Collins, Moline author and English instructor at Wilson Junior High, has been cited by the National Book Council for 'outstanding contributions to the artistry and craftsmanship of juvenile literature'. 'George Washington Carver' and 'Francis Scott Key' were the most recent books by Collins singled out for special acclaim.

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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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