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: 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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