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: 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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