Day in history for April 16, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Mr. J.L. Heasly is doing a fine business at his sarsaparilla beer factory.

1882 -- 125 years ago
A survey of the proposed Hennepin Canal has just been completed by the War Dept. and the total cost of the project will be about $3,899,722.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Gust Tegeler of Rock Island and Colonel Nathaniel French of Davenport turned in scores of 81 in the qualifying round of the Rock Island Arsenal club's spring tournament.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Will Rogers is seen in ''Business and Pleasure,'' which opened today at the Fort Theater.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A giant step across Colona Avenue was taken by East Moline last night when an ordinance designed to annex a score or more residences in the Oaklawn Addition was approved by the City Council. The new area is in a strip bordering the east west highway and marks the first spot where the city limits have been extended south of the road.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The father of an 11-year-old student at Garfield School was fined $100 and handed a sentence of six months court supervision for allowing his son to miss 103 out of 150 days of school. The fine and the sentence were the latest in a series of get-tough actions by court and school officials against parents who allow children to skip school.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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