Day in history for April 26, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Keokuk packets leave at 5 p.m. instead of 4 as formerly advertised. Passenger and hotel keepers take notice.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Strawberries have made their appearances in the local market.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Watch Tower Park will be opened formally on May 1, it was announced today. Several new attractions have been secured for the summer.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Pasteurization of all milk and milk products sold and distributed in Rock Island will be required under an ordinance adopted by the retiring city council last night.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A short in the wiring caused one of Rock Island's seven new air raid sirens to sound off for nearly a minute last night and resulted in the Rock Island police station and WHBF receiving many telephone calls.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Three local high school students received ''excellent'' ratings for their entries in the 25th annual Industrial Education Exhibit held Friday at Western Illinois University, Macomb. Of 1,272 projects entered, only 10 were rated excellent. Among the 10 were projects by Derek Wood, Moline High School; Kathy Wheeler and Jim Winger, both of United Township Area Vocation Center. In competition between schools, Sherrard High School finished second in its class.

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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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