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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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