Day in history for January 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The city of Rock Island gave a majority for Buchanan And Breckinridge, being the first time it ever gave a majority for a Democratic president.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The icemen are making the most of the present cold weather and are gathering in the present crop of ice.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Water, due to melting snow and heavy rains, filled the Coal Valley Mining Company's mine at Cable to a depth of 22 feet. All of the workmen escaped before the mine became flooded.

1932 -- 75 years ago
An explosion of unknown origin wrecked the interior of Steve's Valet Shop, 423 16th St., Moline, causing approximately $800 damage.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Lee F. Tigh, grand monarch of the supreme council of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm, the fun loving unit of all Masonic groups in North America, will make an official visit to Zal Grotto of Moline Feb. 5.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A $141,000 five-year plan to enlarge Sunset Marina by adding 78 dock slips for boats has been recommended to the Rock Island City Council. The council is scheduled to consider Monday the plan proposed in a report by marina manager John Berley, who says the additional boat spaces built in increments over five years could raise $40,000 a year for the facility.

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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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