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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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