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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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