Day in history for March 26, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The steamers Fire Canoe and Minnesota Belle lie at the boat yard below the city. That is as far as the ice would allow them to go.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Work on the new gymnasium in the rear of Turner Hall will begin as soon as the weather permits.

1907 -- 100 years ago
President J.E. Spencer of the Rock Island Baseball Association left today for Peoria to meet with directors of the other clubs to settle the question of the league schedule.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Rodney F. Cobb, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, will be the preacher at a special Easter service tomorrow at the church. It will be attended by the members of the Rock Island Commandery, No. 18, Knights Templar.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Arrangements have been completed for a party to be Saturday morning, April 13, in the Riviera Theater for all youths selling 10 or more tickets for the third annual Scout-O-Rama of the Fort Armstrong Council of Boy Scouts, to be in Rock Island Armory April 5 and 6.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Once again 23rd Avenue intersections are well represented in Moline's list of the city's worst intersections for the previous year. According to figures from the Illinois Department of Transportation leading the list is 53rd Street and 23rd Avenue with 23 accidents in 1981.

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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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