Day in history for March 13, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Corvell's Beberine Mixture is on sale at the H.A. Porter Store. It purports to be a positive cure for ague, fever and bilious diseases.

1882 -- 125 years ago
There is a prospect that Oscar Wilde or Robert Ingersoll will be secured for a lecture in this city.

1907 -- 100 years ago
At a meeting of the board of directors of the Rock Island YMCA last night it was decided to add a new man to the staff to take charge of the boys' department.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Miss Helen Mack, former Rock Island girl, has been chosen by Fox Film Corp. as debutante star of 1932.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Eleven-year-old David Junchen, Sherrard fifth-grade pupil, easily stepped across four questions to reach the halfway point on the coast-to-coast CBS-TV quiz show for seven-to-seventeen-year-olds, Giant Step. The youth, questioned by emcee Bert Parks, cooly explained various aspects in the field of electronics.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A study on the possible side effects of weightlessness on an embryo incubated aboard a space shuttle has won a Rapids City student and his science teacher a trip to NASA. David DeBlaey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert DeBlaey, and Riverdale High School science teacher Linda Thomas will leave Sunday for NASA's installation in Huntsville, Ala.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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