Day in history for December 2, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Miss Harris of Rock Island is reported to be one of the fortunate persons who escaped at the burning of the Rainbow.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Three Iowa farmers ran their horses over the Rock Island bridge today, expecting to escape paying the toll, but the police were telephoned and Squire Cropper fined each of the men $3 and costs.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A lively session of the Rock Island County Board of Supervisors is expected tomorrow when delegates from Cleveland's Ferry and Colona will appear to argue the location of the new Rock River bridge.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Sheriff Fred R. Schlueter announced that Deputy Ray Hasson of Moline will be advanced to the position of chief deputy to succeed Howard Gregg when Gregg becomes circuit clerk next week.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Burglars last night and Saturday night entered three Rock Island establishments, including the public library, but got little for their efforts. Their biggest 'gain' was about $85 in cash and $5 to $6 in stamps.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Changing shopping patterns and a shaky local economy have prompted Mosenfelders Inc. to close its downtown Rock Island store. The mem's wear store, which has been at 1709 2nd Ave. for 105 years, should close by the end of January or early February.

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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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