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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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