Day in history for December 23, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A lecture will be delivered by Horace Greenley in Moline Jan. 7. A special train will be run to accommodate any who may wish to attend from Rock Island. Horace isn't any great shakes as a lecturer.

1882 -- 125 years ago
J.F. McKibben, manager of the American Express office, reported today that this year's Christmas business is at least a third larger than that of last year.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island has 49 automobiles registered with the secretary of state. Moline has 59, East Moline, three and Silvis has one.

1932 -- 75 years ago
E. Gilbert Kolls, Rock Island, announced today that he has resigned as secretary of the Quad-City Association of Milk Dealers.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Milan Rifle Club claimed its second victory in league competition Friday night by defeating the Kewanee Rifle Club team, 927 to 915. The match was held on the Geneseo Rifle Club range.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The LeClaire Hotel's restaurant, the Prime Rib Room, and its 250 transient room operations will close Jan. 1. The Jug bar and the hotel's 40 apartments will remain open. Principal owner, Oscar Ellis, said 32 of the hotel's 44 employees will be laid off. Sussco Enterprises, Florida and Liskor International, Chicago have both expressed interest in purchasing the property.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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