Day in history for May 5, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Sexton was fishing with a hook and line in the vicinity of the bridge and caught a catfish which weighed 150 lbs. This is the largest ever caught in these waters, we believe.

1882 -- 125 years ago
It is expected that the railroads will run special trains to the fairgrounds during the spring meeting of the Tri-City Trotting Association.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Four officers of the Chinese Imperial Army and Navy inspected the Rock Island Arsenal yesterday on their way to the Jamestown Exposition. They were escorted through the shops by Colonel S.E. Blunt, Arsenal Commandant.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Four fish nets, three of about 150-pound capacity and the other not quite as large, were seized yesterday afternoon in Sylvan Slough at the foot of 45th Street, Rock Island, by Wardens Guy Hutchinson of Rock Island County and Gus Chilberg of Swedona.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Three Moline High School youths leaped into the Rock River last night to save a 3 1/2 year old Moline tot from drowning while on an outing at Black Hawk State Park, Rock Island.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Carbon Cliff Village trustees Tuesday decided to spend $1,000 to pursue a $400,000 federal grant for the purchase of the Silvis Yards hump area of the bankrupt Rock Island Lines.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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