Day in history for March 14, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We are glad to hear that James G. Bolmer has returned to town again after spending the winter in the East.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Joseph Baker of Rock Island, secretary of the United States Jewelers Guild, left today for Des Moines to attend a meeting of the Iowa Association.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A company has been formed to investigate the zinc deposits in Rock Island County and near Andalusia.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Bill Brotman became a hero last night by heaving the ball through the netting from a few inches past the center of the floor enabling Rock Island cagers to gain a thrilling 26-24 win over East Moline in the district tournament.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The main reason women go to college is to get a man, Dr. Donald G. Wallace, dean of the graduate school of Drake University, Des Moines, told the student body of Marycrest College at today's convocation. He spoke on the subject, ''Why College?''

1982 -- 25 years ago
Jann Carl from Moline is no ordinary 21-year-old. A broadcast journalism senior at the University of Missouri, she also is the 1982 Maid of Cotton. As Maid of Cotton, Carl says her most important job is being a liaison for the National Cotton Council, informing leaders, businessmen and the public about the workings of the cotton industry.

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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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