Day in history for December 24, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A dancing academy has been opened in Empire Hall by Prof. Robinson. Call and shake a foot.

1882 -- 125 years ago
J.R. Johnston is the oldest notary public in Rock Island, in point of continuous service. His first commission was issued in 1865.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Despite the recent financial difficulties which have affected the business world, the registration at the Rock Island hotels yesterday was much larger than for several years.

1932 -- 75 years ago
In a Big Nine Conference game, featured by excellent defensive play on the part of both teams, Rock Island High School's basketball quintet last night bowed to Canton, 17-14, in the Canton Fieldhouse. It was the first loss suffered by the Islanders in three games this season, Hugo Birkhahn, Harold Fink and Kenneth Johnson turned in the best performances for Rock Island.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Deere And Co. exercised the final option today on the 675-acre site southeast of Moline where it will build a new center for many of the company's head-quarter activities.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Roger C. Wahlheim, Geneseo, was presented the Eagle Award by the the Boy Scouts of America. He is one of two percent of all Boy Scouts to attain the Eagle rank. He cleaned and painted the Cole cabin, a Scout cabin, as a service project.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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