Day in history for December 14, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Preparations are being made for a grand Masonic soiree at Smith's Hall Dec. 28. It will be one of the finest affairs ever originated in the place.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Mr. Rooney of this city crossed to Davenport on the ice yesterday, the first crossing of the season. Today the surface of the river has been covered with venturesome people of all ages.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Mildred Holland, the talented American actress, will appear in her latest production, 'A Paradise of Lies,' at the Illinois Theater on Christmas Day.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The 1932 football season of Rock Island produced a net profit of $593.15, according to a report submitted to the Board of Education last night.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A strange light in the sky climaxed by what seemed to be an aerial explosion was reported here Friday night by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mills of West Liberty, Iowa. In Moline, Saturday an astronomer said he felt 'quite certain' they had seen a falling meteor.

1982 -- 25 years ago
One of Moline's best-loved physicians died Nov. 30 after serving this community for 56 years. Each of his thousands of patients has his or her own favorite memory and story about Dr. Paul Phillip Youngberg, who was 87 and retired at the time of his death.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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