Day in history for December 9, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Dr. Wagner, the phrenologist, is giving a course of lectures in Davenport. He is expected to draw a large audience.

1882 -- 125 years ago
F.C.A. Denkmann is at home again for the holidays after a trip to Arkansas.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The appearance of a cigar vending machine in the corridor of the courthouse occasioned some comment today.

1932 -- 75 years ago
With a light snowfall and freezing temperatures blending to make a colorful Christmas scene, the stage has been set for the visit of Santa Claus to Rock Island tomorrow.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Work on the installation of a new roof costing $20,334 will begin within two weeks at Rock Island High School. The contract for the replacing of the 20-year-old roof has been awarded to Harrington Roofing Contractors, Inc., Moline.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Four women braved freezing temperatures this morning to dramatize the hazards and hardships some Grant School students will suffer if the building is closed and they are transferred to Logan School. Moline officials are considering closing Grant School, 2430 6th Ave., and others to cut costs and trim a projected $1.8 million deficit. Because the district does not operate any school buses, students would have to hike up the hill to Logan, 1602 25th St.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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