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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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