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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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