Day in history for May 12, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The job of raising the steamer Falls City, recently sunk in Lake Pepin, has been let to Jonas Barber Esq., of Port Byron, for $2,000. It was Mr. Barber who raised the Envoy, sunk on the rapids last summer.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Buford Plow Works has been supplied with a new and improved whistle to announce the hours for commencing and terminating work. It can be heard several miles from the city.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The United States lighthouse steamer Lily arrived in Rock Island today after placing 500 lights and 172 day marks on the upper river.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Federal agents working out of Rock Island raided an East Moline home and confiscated a 5-gallon still, 5 gallons of alleged whiskey, and 350 gallons of mash. The raid was conducted by Agents Hindley, DeLong and Correll.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Moline Salvation Army String Band left for Chicago this morning to perform at the 70th anniversary Congress of the Salvation Army Scandinavian Department in America.

1982 -- 25 years ago
East Moline's Rick Lasek pitched a no-hitter Tuesday to lead the Panthers to a 16-1 romp over Alleman in a non-conference game. Mr. Lasek, who allowed an unearned run in the first inning, struck out five and retired eight in a row during one stretch.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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