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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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