Day in history for May 9, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We are informed that a teaspoonful of table salt dissolved in a tumbler of water will check the most violent attack of palpitation of the heart in a few minutes.

1882 -- 125 years ago
A band of Italian musicians paraded the streets yesterday and received several nickels from the many lovers of music.

1907 -- 100 years ago
City Clerk Martin Rudgren has signed 62 saloon licenses for this year. Several saloons have been refused because of conditions existing in these places.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Eighty Rock Island residents went to Peoria yesterday to attend the first annual Orphans Day program and the Washington bi-centennial observance of the Guardian Angel Orphanage.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A flash fire, believed caused by sparks, destroyed a portion of a wooden canopy at the Johnson Sheet Metal Works in East Moline shortly after 1 yesterday afternoon. Two large air-conditioning cooling towers were damaged extensively and a third was slightly charred.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Imagine a private room complete with carpet, sofa bed, desk and pictures on the wall. No, it's not the Sheraton-Rock Island, it's Franciscan Hospital's new Family Centered Care Unit. Opened in September, the unit features 16 large private rooms and three two-room suites.

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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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