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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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