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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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