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: 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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