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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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