Day in history for December 16, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
It has been suggested that a festival for the benefit of the poor of Rock Island would not be inappropriate. We have been requested to mention the subject.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Christine Nilsson, the peerless Swedish songstress, has agreed to present a concert at Augustana College next month when she returns from a tour of California.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Union Electric Co. presented a new ordinance to the city council last night raising its rates to $52 a year for business phones and $27 for residential phones.

1932 -- 75 years ago
After a sinking spell which produced a reading of 10 below zero in Rock Island this morning for a new all-time official minimum, the mercury began to rise and the forecast indicated that temperatures would probably warm up to zero tonight.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Twenty-two Rock Island city employees are scheduled to receive service awards as a feature of the third annual City Employees Christmas Party to be held Thursday night at Watch Tower Inn in Black Hawk State Park.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Picture a good cross country runner. Then, picture a good wrestler. Now, picture them as one in the same. The image of good cross country runner being a good wrestler doesn't seem to fit. But it does if you are East Moline's John Sandoval.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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