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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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