Day in history for May 18, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We notice that improvements are going on at Court Square. However, we would like to know who authorized the improvements? We are informed that the county court never made any order to have this work done.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Sells Bros. Circus and Menagerie will exhibit in this city next Tuesday afternoon and evening.

1907 -- 100 years ago
M.H. Sexton of Rock Island, one of the directors of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, today presented a life pass to President Theodore Roosevelt.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Awards to members of the Rock Island High School forensic team and athletes elected to membership in the National Athletic Scholarship Society of secondary schools will be presented at a student assembly on Friday morning.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Dedication of the new First Baptist Church, 1901 29th St., Moline, is scheduled at 3 tomorrow afternoon. Open house and a reception in the fellowship hall will follow the service.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Ron Pettit of the Deere And Co. advertising department was named winner of the best of show for technical art at the 29th International Technical Communication Conference held recently in Boston. Pettit's entry was a full-machine cutaway ilustration of a four-wheel-drive tractor.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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