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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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