Day in history for December 12, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The annual meeting of the Rock Island County Agricultural Society will be held Jan. 6 in the courthouse.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The little oil heater and illuminator in car No. 1 of the Milan line has proved so complete a success that the heater also will be installed in car No. 2 immediately.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Louis James, one of the greatest exponents of Shakespeare, will appear as Falstaff in the play 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' at the Illinois Theater.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Messiah, Handel's famous oratorio, will be presented at Augustana College gymnasium next week for unemployed residents and their families, one of the Rock Island Playground and Recreation Commission's community night events.

1957 -- 50 years ago
An informal discussion of a planned 1,700-acre industrial park on Big Island and along Andalusia Road, in and near Rock Island's annexed territory, was carried out last night by a few members of Rock Island's City Council and Planning Commission.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Two Augustana College alumni returned to fill solo roles for this year's presentation of 'Messiah' by the Handel Oratorio Society. Soprano Suzanne Johnson (class of 1959) and tenor Robert Johnson (class of 1957) were given a warm greeting by Quad-Citians in Centennial Hall.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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