Day in history for February 2, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We have been shown a new kind of pen by the manufacturer, S. DeWolf. It is made of copper. DeWolf is in the city and will visit our merchants to solicit orders.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The machinery for the Cable Waterworks was shipped from Lockport, N.Y. yesterday.

1907 -- 100 years ago
James J. Corbett appeared in the ''The Lady and the Burglar'' at the Illinois Theater today.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Major L.H. Campbell Jr., acting commandant of the Rock Island Arsenal, announced today new traffic regulations designed to speed up the passage of motor vehicles through the island.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Tom O. (Margaret Roberts) Nobis, Davenport, who has been singing in opera in various cities in Italy as Margherita Roberti, has scored a hit at Massimo Theater, Palermo, Sicily, the largest opera house in Italy. The highlight of her career was the five performances of Verdi's opera ''I Vespri Siciliani.''

1982 -- 25 years ago
Judge David DeDoncker took his wife and children, Tom, a sophomore at Alleman High School; Eileen, a senior in biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa; and John, a senior at Alleman High School, and a friend of the family, Tim McClean of Moline, to Innsbruck, Austria, to ski over the winter holidays.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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