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: 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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