Day in history for March 18, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The new map of Rock Island, by Thomas Doran, is completed and now ready for subscribers.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Captain A.W. Wells has severed his connection with the Rock Island Union and will assume a position with the New York Times.

1907 -- 100 years ago
From present indications, the river season at Rock Island will be a busy one. The Columbia will be the first packet in operation from Rock Island.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Scott County Democrats have started the ball rolling for Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York as the Democratic candidate for president.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island man reported that while in the south Friday night, he stood and watched a meteor which streaked across the sky at a close distance of ''200 or 300 feet.'' William L. Young, an assistant supervisor on the Rock Island County Board of Supervisors, called from New Orleans to say that he saw the meteor, which wire services reported flashed across the skies from Alabama to Texas.

1982 -- 25 years ago
An eight-week-old female cockapoo, combination cocker spaniel and poodle, was stolen Wednesday afternoon from Teske Seed and Feed, 2423 16th St., Moline. She was to have been the prize in Teske's annual spring open house, being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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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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