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: 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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