Day in history for December 30, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Masonic soiree at the Island City Hotel on Monday was one of the most pleasant affairs which has taken place in our city for a long time.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Miss Lucy Cable remembered each of the Trinity singers with a $5 gold piece.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Attorney General Byers of Iowa yesterday addressed 2,000 persons in Rock Island on 'Law Enforcement.'

1932 -- 75 years ago
A reception for Clinton C. Lane, new general secretary of the Rock Island YMCA, and Mrs. Lane, will be held at the 'Y' Monday as part of the New Year's Day open house program.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Next week staff members of the Rock Island county superintendent of schools office will deliver packets containing materials on the March of Dimes campaign to some 1,000 classrooms in the nearly one hundred schools, both public and parochial in the county.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-Cities unemployment rate soared to a record of 17.5 percent in November, including a record 21.3 percent in Rock Island County. Gary Wilson, Illinois Job Service economist, linked the surge to a slowdown in construction work and layoffs spread throughout local industries. The rate is the highest since the state began keeping records in 1962. The previous record was set in October, when the rate was 16.8 percent.

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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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