Day in history for March 12, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We wish the superintendent of the gas works would get a pint of oil on our account and stop the infernal squealing of that windmill.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Despite the storm, the Little Eagle continued up the river after replenishing its fuel supply.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Eugene V. Debs of Milwaukee has been invited to address a meeting in Rock Island in protest of the imprisonment of Idaho miners officials.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Churches, schools and women's clubs are being enlisted in the campaign sponsored by the American Legion to find a job for every head of a family in Rock Island. Charlie I. Knorr yesterday addressed the faculty and students at Rock Island High School to get the students to take home with them the facts regarding the Legion program.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The last of seven Rock Island air raid alert sirens was being installed today on the WHBF-TV tower in downtown Rock Island. The Rock Island Civil Defense Corps is directing the installation.

1982 -- 25 years ago
In the late 1960's, Deere And Co. moved to save itself some money by setting up insurance subsidiaries to insure itself. Now the cost control device of the '60s has become a major profit maker of the '80s, with an annual revenue total of about $300 million.

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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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