Day in history for December 21, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Some evil disposed persons on the other side of the river appear determined to get up a big fire there. They have had three fires and a false alarm since Saturday.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The mild weather continues today and Rock Island residents having business in Davenport find it advisable to take the railroad bridge.

1907 -- 100 years ago
William Klockau, proprietor of the wagon repair shop in Rock Island, has let a contract for the building of an automobile repair shop and garage to be erected north of the present building at 4th Ave. and 16th St.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Hugh C. Bambrick, Rock Island, was elected president of the Letter Carriers Branch No. 292 last night at the Pythian Hall, Rock Island.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Hillsdale Methodist Woman's Society of Christian Service last night sponsored a Christmas party for a ward of 110 men at East Moline State Hospital. The society conducted games, awarded prizes, served refreshments and presented a small gift to each patient.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Residents of the Quad Cities probably won't get a white Christmas this year. According to the National Weather Service, the area has received only one-half inch of snow so far this year. The area's snowfall in below average this year.

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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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