Day in history for November 25, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A large number of immigrants arrived yesterday from the East. They were principally of German and Swedish ancestry.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The electric tower circuit was tested this afternoon and found to be working admirably. Everyone is waiting for a dark night so that they may see just how useful the lights will be.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The liveliest of interest is being evinced in Rock Island in Walker Whiteside's appearance at the Illinois Theater next Friday in his new play, 'The Claim of Blood.'

1932 -- 75 years ago
A coalition of Democratic members of the Rock Island City Council is said to favor Ald. William L. Young for the post of temporary mayor of the city. Young is expected to get some Republican votes as well. Mayor Chester Thompson will resign Feb. 15 to assume his duties as 14th district congressman.

1957 -- 50 years ago
For the third consecutive year, Augustana College debaters won first place at the National Invitational Debate Conference held at Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Thomas Leon, President of North American Amusement Co., Rock Island, won the Leonard Thompson Trophy at the convention in Kansas City, for 'the most meritorious exhibit of arcade and coin operated amusement devices.'

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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