Day in history for March 7, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The county court, Judges Gould, Holmes and Kistler, is now in session.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The idea of using a ferry across Rock River while the new bridge is being constructed was abandoned today and a temporary bridge will be used.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Announcement was made today that the Hon. William Jennings Bryan will be in Rock Island March 26 to lecture at the Illinois Theater.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Chester Thompson today urged all citizens of Rock Island to aid the American Legion, in cooperation with the Tri-City Federation of Labor, in their drive for the Rock Island unemployed.

1957 -- 50 years ago
``Speaking of Air Power,'' a sound color film showing highlights of the 1956 National Aircraft Show at Oklahoma City, Okla., was seen by members of the Rock Island Exchange Club at a meeting yesterday in the Fort Armstrong Hotel. The movie was shown by Joseph S. Kimmel Jr., vice president of Republic Electric Co., who is an aviation enthusiast.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Pianist Barbara Nissman, former John Deere artist in residence, has just released her first CBS recording, The Complete Piano Works of Alberto Ginasters, CBS 71107. The album is now available in Europe and is scheduled for release in the United States in the near future.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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