Day in history for December 18, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The high school boys have laid the foundation of a fine library some day with the purchase of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary at Porter's Store.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Plans have now been made to rebuild the Rock River bridge in Moline which was carried away last winter by the ice. Work will begin soon.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A number of Rock Island residents are having their fortunes told by the smoked paper method. An imprint of the hand is taken and sent to Chicago for the reading.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Ray Schoales Jr., Rock Island, completed requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout at the Rock Island area council Boy Scout court of honor last night at scout headquarters.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A campaign is under way to create a 50-acre lake as a water playground at Rock Island County's Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, west of Andalusia.

1982 -- 25 years ago
More than 20,000 pounds of government surplus cheese will be given to the unemployed and low-income families in the Quad Citites. The cheese is being given to the local Salvation Army and will be distributed by union officials at three local halls. Families are entitled to one 5-pound box of cheese each. The unions will distribute 4,788 boxes in the Illinois Quad Cities.

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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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