Day in history for December 31, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
It will be seen by an advertisement that Prof. Robinson is about to open another class in dancing at Empire Hall. All those who want to become proficient in this graceful and accomplished art should see the professor.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The son of C.H. Shocker, whose arm was badly dislocated when he fell from a fence, is doing nicely and has recovered the use of the arm.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The thermometer reached 14 degrees, the lowest of the season, yesterday. The wind later shifted to the south and milder weather resulted.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The close of the fiscal year 1932 at Rock Island Arsenal surpassed all previous years of the war period. The average number of employes on the roll for the year was 869 with an average monthly payroll amounting to $112,702.98. Col. H.W. Schull assumed duties as commandant March 5.

1957 -- 50 years ago
During 1957 Quad-City televiewers were assured of a third TV station when the Federal Communications Commission approved the assignment of channel 8 to the area.

1982 -- 25 years ago
IBP Inc. will begin interviewing applicants next week for full-time production and maintenance jobs at Joslin. The wage it is offering is more than a third less than that paid to workers when Dubuque Packing Co. ran the plant.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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