Day in history for April 1, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Brazil arrived here March 30, having left St. Louis on the 27th.

1882 -- 125 years ago
April Fool's Day was observed in Rock Island with the usual number of pranks and tricks being played upon the unwary.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The heated mayoralty campaign of the past few weeks brought out a record number of voters this morning and an exceptionally large vote is expected today.

1932 -- 75 years ago
William H. Malone, candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, will speak tonight at a meeting in the Fort Armstrong Hotel.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Employees of the Sword-Morton Veneer And Lumber Co., Rock Island, returned to their jobs today following settlement of a two-week old strike. Under terms of a new one-year contract, the 43 workers will receive wage increases averaging 13.4 cents an hour.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Girl Scouts of Service Unit 30 in Moline recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of Girl Scouting, with a birthday party Friday at Culemans Hall in Moline. An oil lamp dating from the late 1800's was bought by the girls to give to the Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center in Savannah, Ga. The center is the former home of Juliette Low, the founder of Girl Scouts in the United States.

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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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