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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