Day in history for April 29, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A little care on the part of persons in charge of constructing the many new buildings now erected around town would save many sore shins and the sin of much hard swearing.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Guernsey press which has been used by the Argus since the winter of 1856, has been taken down to make room for the new improved double-cylinder Cottrell press.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The first circus of the season will be in Rock Island May 10 when the Gollmar Brothers Show hits town.

1932 -- 75 years ago
An honorary degree will be conferred by Augustana College at its convocation May 31 on William Butterworth, Moline.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A cabin cruiser owned by Ernest Bauwens, Rock Island, today was still perched precariously on a wing dam in the Mississippi River off 23rd Street, Moline, after crashing into it yesterday afternoon. Moline police and firemen were called to the scene. Passengers were rescued in a small boat.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline National Bank is one of about 20 banks that would merge into a statewide ''megabank'' under a proposal to be filed with federal regulators. The new company, to be called First Midwest Bancorp., would include banks in eight counties. One federal official estimates it would hold deposits of about $1.3 billion.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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