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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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