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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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