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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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