Day in history for April 4, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A long talk on the subject of tobacco affecting the human system will be given tonight at Dauer's on Illinois St.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Argus reported today that Jesse James, the notorious outlaw, was shot and killed by Robert Ford, 20 years old, believed to be a detective, at the outlaw's rendezvous near St. Joseph, Mo.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Government reports issued today show that the Rock Island Post Office sales during the last quarter were $26,085, the largest in the history of the local office.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Tomorrow is the last chance for voting in the straw poll being conducted by The Argus. The vote thus far has 2,165 for the re-election of Herbert Hoover and 2,371 against re-election. On the Democratic side, Alfred E. Smith held a small margin over Franklin D. Roosevelt for the nomination.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A county wide tuberculin program for first grade students, in both the public and parochial schools of Rock Island County, will be carried on during the months of April and May.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Gerald J. Taylor, managing editor of The Daily Dispatch since 1977, has been named general manager of the newspaper. Taylor, 34, also will serve as executive editor, said Len R. Small, Dispatch editor and publisher.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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