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 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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