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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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