Day in history for December 6, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Last Wednesday we visited the school in District No. 1. The order was good and the attention of the scholars was excellent.

1882 -- 125 years ago
E.W. Spencer today finished installing four Italian marble mantles into the elegantly remodeled home of E.P. Reynolds.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Funds in the county treasury are exhausted, according to a report at a meeting of the board of supervisors.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Recreational activities sponsored by the Rock Island Playground and Recreation Commission, especially those planned for the unemployed, showed a large participation, according to the monthy report of Mel H. Hodge, superintendent.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Government Bridge over the Mississippi River opened at noon today after being closed in April for a major overhaul and repainting. Col. D.L. Hine, commanding officer of Rock Island Arsenal, cut the ribbon officially opening the span during a short ceremony.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Work will begin this spring on the first phase of a $15 million residential-commercial complex planned for construction between 38th and 44th streets on Black Hawk Road in Rock Island. The complex, in the planning stages for 18 months, will be called Rock Valley Plaza Shopping Center.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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