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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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