Day in history for December 4, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
This evening the peoples' comedian, John Weaver, will perform. Weaver is truly deserving of a bumping house.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Pat Rooney combination, which includes the great comedian and Hattie Gillette dancer, played to a large audience last night at the Harper Opera House.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island County grand jury reported to the board of supervisors today that the county jail is an unfit place to house prisoners and recommended that they be kept in some other county.

1932 -- 75 years ago
If the Mississippi River remains open, the ferry steamer W.J. Quinlan, which plies between Rock Island and Davenport, will be operated until Christmas Eve and then taken out of service for about two months for general overhauling.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A record-setting season total of 8,078,557 tons passed through the Rock Island Locks as of No. 30, the U.S. army Engineers revealed today. This marks the first time in the history of the nine-foot channelizatin project that commercial tonnage has topped the 8-million mark.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Thirty-four-year-old Jack Carey (real name Edwin Brintnall, of Elroy, Wis.) was a fixture in the Quad-Cities for 22 months back in 1977 and 1978, when he could be heard mornings on WQUA Radio.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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