Day in history for May 2, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Daily Argus reported that a Davenport man plans to sell a slave, born in Mississippi, in a lottery, provided he receives enough dollar bills at a dollar a chance. His advertisement appeared in the Geneseo Republic.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Police were called to South Rock Island to stop a dog fight. The promoters and spectators escaped before the police arrived.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The month of April has been the coldest since 1874, Weather Bureau reports show. The average temperature for the month was 43 degrees. In 1874 it was 41 degrees.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Richard Leonard, Rock Island High School band soloist who won first place in the trombone solo contest in the state competition, will be entered in the national high school contest in Indiana May 20-21.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Two Rock Island attorneys, Edward W. Schoede and George G. Perrin, have been named senior counselors of the Illinois State Bar Assn. in recognition of their 50 years of law practice.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Volunteers went to work Saturday morning cleaning up the refuse that collected along Moline streets and school yards. It was all a part of Operation Pride, a combined project of the Moline PTA Council and the city municipal services and engineering departments.

Back: Available days in May 2007



Local events heading








  Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.

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.






(More History)