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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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