Day in history for March 16, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
H.H. Belding of Keokuk, Iowa, will address the mechanics of Rock Island this evening at the brick schoolhouse near the court. His topic will be the advantages of mechanics' associations.

1882 -- 125 years ago
General Weaver delivered an address in Davenport last night on ``Greenbacks.'' His lecture attracted a number from Rock Island.

1907 -- 100 years ago
``The Old World and Its Ways'' is the subject of a lecture to be given by William Jennings Bryan at the Illinois Theater March 26.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Extensive entertainment features are being arranged for the second annual Quad-City Automobile Show to be held next week.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Indian Bluff Forest Preserve Golf Course opened this morning, with Bob Hungate of Rock Island and Lloyd Lawson of Moline the first to tee off. Because of rather cold weather this morning, play was light. Today's opening was one of the earliest on record for the public course.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The United Township High School Board Monday voted to buy $3,484 worth of videotaping equipment for the athletic department. The department will use the gear to tape sporting events. It exchanges the tapes with other Western Big 6 Conference schools, which are switching from film to videotape for this purpose.

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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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