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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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