Day in history for November 29, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The businessmen of Rock Island will meet at the courthouse tonight to talk over money matters.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Although the ice will hardly support their weight, a number of boys have begun skating on the slough. If they continue, we shall be forced to report a tragedy.

1907 -- 100 years ago
William Ferkel announced today that a mass meeting of citizens will be at Turner Hall tomorrow night to discuss the formation of a consumers league in this city.

1932 -- 75 years ago
City employes are assured of receiving their pay on time, at least up to about Jan. 1, with the Rock Island Council last night borrowing $15,000 from the river-rail terminal interest reserve fund for investment in tax anticipation warrants for the benefit of the general fund.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Many interesting experiences in Beirut, Lebanon, are recounted by Miss Mary Jane Morford, Davenport, a former Aledo girl, who is a student at the American University of Beirut, in a letter to her aunts. Miss Bertha Close and Mrs. Hiram Parkman, of Aledo.

1982 -- 25 years ago
1983 has been designated as the 'Year of the River' by the Junior League of the Quad cities. 'Joined by a River' is the theme for the yearlong celebration with goals of increasing the community's pride of the Mississippi.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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