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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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