Day in history for December 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Many feet of sidewalk were laid in different portions of the city over the past week. All others should comply with the city ordinance.

1882 -- 125 years ago
People have wondered why the bell for the First Ward engine house has been rung so often lately. The answer is that there have been a great many birthday anniversaries for the boys to celebrate.

1907 -- 100 years ago
One of the most cheering signs of the times in Rock Island is the revival of industry at the plant of the Rock Island Plow Co. More men are being put to work to satisfy the demand.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Edward M. Farrell, former assistant rector of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island and now director of the Guiding Angel Orphanage of Peoria, will address the men of Sacred Heart parish at a meeting in the school auditorium tomorrow night.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A forecast of clear skies and mild temperatures for tomorrow promises an end of the 'slush storm' which hit the Quad-Cities area early this morning, leaving 1.09 inches of moisture.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Irish Rugby Football Club of the Quad Cities elected its officers. They are Earl Strupp, president; Mike Grothusen, vice president; Ron Klafffke, treasurer, and Mike Watkins, match secretary.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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