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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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