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: 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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