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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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