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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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