Day in history for December 7, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Mr. McDonald is on hand with a complete company of good performers. He will open tomorrow night at Smith's Hall with 'Othello.' He intends to make Rock Island his headquarters for the winter.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Dr. Truesdale sold his three-year-old Jersey heifer 'Teresa' to Valentine Dauber for $100.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A force of more than 40 men was started on a night shift in the small arms department of the Rock Island Arsenal to make parts for the Springfield rifle.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The cash retail price of milk last night was reduced two cents per quart, from 10 to eight cents, by 14 Quad-Cities dealers buying milk from the Quality Milk Assn., a cooperative organization of producers. The new price will go into effect tomorrow morning.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island YWCA will open the Christmas season Sunday with the traditional 'Hanging of the Greens' in the clubrooms. The vesper service will be at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Eugene Darling of Memorial Heights Methodist Church will be the speaker.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline American Legion Post 246 is sponsoring a Cubs Caravan Jan. 10 at the post to help finance construction of the $250,000 ballpark complex they plan to develop on 37 acres in the southeast corner of Green Valley Park.

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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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