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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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