Day in history for April 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A survey has recently been completed for a railroad from Port Byron to Sterling.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Sells Brothers' Circus will spread its canvas in Rock Island May 25. This is the first circus of the season.

1907 -- 100 years ago
H.B. Hayden of Rock Island will act as judge in the debate between the University of Iowa and the University of Kansas tonight in Iowa City.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island County Republican central committee went on record yesterday in favor of a wet plank in the state platform.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A project that began 12 years ago in Pittsburgh, Pa., reached one of its final stages in Rock Island this week when Dr. E.E. Ryden, editor of The Lutheran Companion, read proof on the last hymn which will appear in the new Lutheran hymnal. The volume, which will serve more than 5,000,000 Lutherans affiliated with eight church bodies, is scheduled for publication by Easter of next year.

1982 -- 25 years ago
More than 100 clerical workers at Eagle Food Warehouse in Milan began their work week today under a new three-year contract. Like union members who work on loading docks, in maintenance and as truck mechanics, the clerical workers gave up general base wage increases in exchange for higher pension benefits.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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