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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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