Day in history for December 15, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A hay stack near Negus' stable, belonging to an Irishman living on Water Street, was discovered to be on fire. The Western boys were promptly on the ground. They used all the hose they had, 500 feet, but this was not quite enough.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The 500 men and 50 teams employed on the canal work at Moline were again thrown out of work today when the ice gorge forced the water back through the government gates near Sears' mill and flooded the pool.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Miss Margaret Giles, who has been appointed visiting nurse for Rock Island, has just completed a special course of work under Chicago authorities

1932 -- 75 years ago
Jack Herman, of Peoria, walked into Magistrate John T. Bauer's office yesterday to ask for a 'dime for a cup of coffee,' but beginning this morning he is getting his coffee regularly at the county jail.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's municipal swimming pool in Long View Park has been accorded the highest rating of AA by the division of sanitary engineering, Illinois Department of Public Health.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Redstone Theaters' purchase of five other Quad-Cities movie houses to see if the deal violates federal anti-trust laws, a department spokesman said today.

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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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