Day in history for November 21, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Large blocks of ice were floating in the river today. If the weather continues as cold for a short time longer, the river soon will be closed.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Mitchell And Lynde's new bank building front was scraped this morning preparatory to repainting.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Two horses were injured last night when they ran away with a buggy and were hit by a Long View street car.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Army engineers of the Rock Island District estimated that the Rock Island roller dam, Davenport sea wall and intercepting sewer project were 60 per cent completed when taken as a unit. Installation of the first huge gate of the roller dam is practically finished.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Islanders have more schooling than most people in this country, according to figures obtained from the Department of Health, Welfare and Education. The average person in Rock Island has 10.6 years of schooling while the national average is 9.3 years.

1982 -- 25 years ago
First National notes its 130th Anniversary. In 1852, Cook and Sargent, Exchange and Banking House opened at the corner of 2nd Ave. And 17th St. Cook and Sargent were successful attorneys and land owners. Through changes, it was to become the oldest continually operating bank in the Quad-Cities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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