Day in history for April 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The name of James Blake was announced yesterday as an independent candidate for street commissioner.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Two mounted policemen were out today in search of two horses reported stolen.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Al Jolson, with the reputation of being the greatest black-face in the business, is making his appearance at the Elite Theater during the latter half of this week.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Republican aldermanic candidates were nearly scored a grand slam in Rock Island's municipal election yesterday as they emerged victorious in six of the seven contests. Winners were A.L. Holtzer, Earl C. Dean, Herman P. Brown, John M. Kaiser, George M. Schmid, August D. Kester and Edward E. Tobin.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Easter bunny came one day early for about 711 youngsters at children's homes in the Quad-City area. In a new program, Fresh Pak Candy Co., 2400 4th Ave., Rock Island, this morning delivered over 600 baskets of candy free of charge to five different homes for children.

1982 -- 25 years ago
United Township High School math students took first places in team and individual categories at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional competition on March 27. This was the district's first year of competition in the event.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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