Day in history for March 2, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island Plow Factory now is in active operation and is prepared to manufacture every variety of plow.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The long-awaited iron for the Milan Bridge arrived from Cleveland, Ohio this morning and is now being tested at the Rock Island Arsenal.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The average temperature for the month of February was 28 degrees, 3.6 degrees above the average for the past 35 years.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Watering of the main Rock Island lock, first completed unit in the $5,500,000 channel project in Rock Island, was completed by engineers last night.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A free throw with 27 seconds left in the game by forward Lloyd Beese spelled victory for Augustana's Vikings last night, as the Blue and Gold swept to its fifth straight College Conference of Illinois victory, nipping Illinois Wesleyan University, 66-65.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island Mayor Jim Davis is featured in an article on black mayors in the March issue of Ebony magazine. The nationally circulated magazine focuses on eight black mayors in medium-sized Midwestern cities. Davis is quoted as saying that the chief challenge facing cities in the future is ''with unemployment and with trying to develop a city without federal dollars.''

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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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