Day in history for December 11, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The ladies of the Rock Island Second Presbyterian Church will hold their annual festival at the home of William L. Lee on Dec. 22.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Fred Krell has just received a handsome and unique lot of Christmas tree ornaments. They are different from anything ever seen in this city.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The specifications for the new printing plant for Modern Woodmen of America have been completed and bids for construction will be opened Dec. 17.

1932 -- 75 years ago
H.E. Wendel of Rock Island was elected for his 10th term as president of the Illinois Division No. 313, Street Railway Employees union in the balloting at the Rock Island car barns of the Tri-City Railway Co. yesterday.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's new $600,000 elementary school, 38th St. and 38th Ave., has a name today. After months of indecision, the Rock Island Board of Education last night christened the modern, functional building, Horace Mann School.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline High School students who organized the annual Share Joys fundraiser were told that they would have a difficult time reaching their goal of $3,215 this year because of the poor economic climate. But much to the surprise of all, students collected a whopping $5,050 during the three-day event.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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