Day in history for May 22, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Dr. Reading arrived in town yesterday and is now at the Farnam House where he may be consulted by all who desire his professional services.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The boys are commencing to use their slingshots.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Tri-city carpenters returned to work this morning, although no working agreement has been signed with the contractors.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Argus reported today that Amelia Earhart Putnam landed her red and gold monoplane in Ireland this afternoon to become the first woman ever to fly the Atlantic alone. Today is the fifth anniversary of the flight by Lindbergh to Paris, France.

1957 -- 50 years ago
About 500 persons were on hand at Memorial Field this morning for the auction sale of property no longer needed by the federal government. Registered shortly after the sale started were a total of 242 bidders, which was considered a good representation since most of the lots offered were large items.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Gov. James Thompson has commended building trades classes at J.D. Darnall High School that finished work on a passive solar home. ''With the rising cost of building,'' Thompson said, ''it is more important than ever that Illinois houses become more energy-efficient and better able to use the sun's natural energy.''

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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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