Day in history for May 16, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A Catholic fair commenced on Monday evening at Smith's Hall, Rock Island, and will continue through tonight. The object is to raise funds for the church.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The seven prisoners in the Rock Island County Jail escaped yesterday by tunneling through a wall. Four of them have been recaptured.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Wilbur L. Rutledge of Rock Island received word today that he has fallen heir to Colorado property valued at $40,000 left by two cowboys his father once befriended.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Benjamin E. Bollman has arrived in Rock Island to prepare for ordination in the ministry of the Presbyterian Church. He is under appointment as a missionary to the Philippine Islands.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Drummer Louie Bellson and his wife, entertainer Pearl Bailey, were expected to arrive at the Quad City Airport for a visit with members of his family in Moline. They will remain in the Quad Cities until Saturday, when they will return to New York City. Miss Bailey is scheduled to appear on the Arthur Murray show on Tuesday.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The wheels are now in motion to build a community center building for Milan. A seven-member committee was formed last week to look into building a community center in Camden Park that may cost $300,000.

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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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