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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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