Day in history for April 5, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island enjoyed something new in entertainment. Professor Kidd's Elocutionary Entertainments were held at Empire Hall.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Hugh Warnock, W. Gray, J.Z. Mott, W.H. Whitman, J.W. Cavanaugh, J.J. Reimers and J.H. Karr were elected to the Rock Island city council.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The saw mill season was opened in Davenport with but one mill employing 200 men, the lone survivor of the many which operated in this area.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island YMCA boxing team, with only six boxers represented in the eight weight divisions, copped the 1932 state championship in Bloomington. Tom Donnelly proved to be the sensation of the tournament. He had been in the ring only two times before the start of the event.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Halpern's Department Stores Inc. has announced a major expansion of its Moline store at 2008 16th St. The firm, which operates stores both in Rock Island and Moline, has acquired and remodeled the store formerly occupied by Weather-Seal, adjacent to its Moline store.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A last-gasp winter storm, pushed by winds gusting to 30 mph, wrapped the Quad-Cities in near blizzard conditions today. The storm glazed roads and snarled traffic as temperatures plunged to below freezing.

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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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