Day in history for March 3, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The ice has gone out of the slough at Camden without doing any damage except to the plank road bridges.

1882 -- 125 years ago
A rope ferry is being placed across the Rock River for use while the new Milan bridge is being constructed. Permission for landings has not yet been obtained.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Johnny Wanner, Rock Island second baseman, has returned his signed contract to President Spencer, and will be back at his old post when the season opens.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Preliminary estimates of Rock Island District United States Engineers call for an expenditure of about $100,000 on levee and sea-wall construction on the north side of the Rock Island Arsenal Island.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Miss Hope Ryden, former Rock Island resident, won bathing beauty and fashion show contests on a Caribbean cruise aboard the S.S. Homeric. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. E.E. Ryden, 3400 10th Ave., Rock Island.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Wrecking crews began tackling the brick buildings that formerly housed Deere And Co.'s flight operations and Elliott's Flying Service at the Quad-City Airport. Both operations have moved to new buildings on the airport's south side. The old buildings are being demolished to make room for the airport's new terminal.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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