Day in history for April 23, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We invite ladies and good husbands to peruse the advertisement of Carter And Hatch. They have on hand one of the largest and best stock of dry goods and carpets ever brought to this city.

1882 -- 125 years ago
There is still talk among the businessmen of the city of establishing a streetcar line from this city to the cemetery and Searstown.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A large audience witnessed the return engagement of the musical comedy ''The Umpire'' at the Illinois Theater last night.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Between 500 and 600 pounds of fish were taken from the area enclosed by the coffer dam after the work of pumping water from the area was completed.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The gas war, which started Nov. 19, came to halt as independent operators and one or more the major companies posted normal rates. Today, the prices were 31.9 or 32.9 cents a gallon, the latter being used if trading stamps were offered. The price war lasted about 155 days and low price was 20.9 cents a gallon.

1982 -- 25 years ago
J.I. Case Company isn't for sale and won't be, the chairman of its parent firm Tenneco vows. As long as Davenport native James L. Ketelsen wants to keep the tractor and construction equipment maker in his company, it's as good as kept.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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