Day in history for November 7, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Porters' Book Store has been receiving from the east a large assortment of books, wallpaper and other articles which they are prepared to close out to customers at unusually low prices.

1882 -- 125 years ago
It was learned today that Alderman Mott has been appointed a committee of one to climb to the top of the electric light towers to see whether the paint has been applied scientifically.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A visiting nurse association was formed yesterday with Mrs. Cynthia Woodruff as president, Mrs. Alphonse Mosenfelder was chosen vice president of the organization.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Speaking before a large and enthusiastic hometown audience in the last rally of his campaign, Mayor Chester Thompson of Rock Island said last night that he will carry all six counties of the 14th District in his congressional contest tomorrow with John C. Allen of Monmouth.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The total labor force and total employment of the Rock Island-Scott County area has grown from its level a year ago. The new report was 104,550, an increase of 1,125 persons.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Jordan Catholic School and Longfellow School shared the Rock Island City Safety Council's award for fire safety based on perfect scores in fire safety drills.

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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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