Day in history for April 24, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Our friend Sweegles, an amusing wag, was discussing the probability of the forthcoming comet of destroying the earth or at least scorching it a little.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The long-awaited new press for the Morning Argus has now arrived. It will be used for the first time tomorrow morning.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Fifteen cents will be the price of a shave in most Rock Island barbershops beginning tomorrow. The raise of a nickel, however, carries with it a neck shave.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Jean W. Randlett, home economist for International Harvester Co., will give a series of talks in Rock Island County next week.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Employees at Rock Island Arsenal will make up the bulk, if not the entire audience, of ''first-nighters'' to witness the exclusive Quad-City showing of ''The Ten Commandments'' at the Rocket Theater.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A Geneseo area man who started farming only six years ago came in third in the annual Illinois Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer contest in Bloomington. Jerry Rogers, 34, who farms about 600 acres of land near Geneseo, decided to make farming his career after completing his master's degree in animal science at the University of Illinois and working four years for the Protein Plus livestock feed company.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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