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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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