Day in history for June 1, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Peak Family will be here today and open at the Island City Hall this evening. They are one of the best musical companies now in existence.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Four lightning rods have been placed on the jail building and the occupants now have less fear of suffering instantaneous death.

1907 -- 100 years ago
General Baron T. Kuroki, representative of the emperor of Japan, will arrive in Rock Island on Monday to make an inspection trip through the Rock Island Arsenal.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Selmer H. Berg, superintendent of public schools in Stoughton, Wis., for the past eight years, has been appointed superintendent of Rock Island Public Schools to succeed J.J. Hagan, who resigned at a special meeting of the Board of Education this morning.

1957 -- 50 years ago
About 70 prisoners in the Scott County Jail demonstrated for a half hour yesterday in protest to having ''beans five-times a week'' and against the trustee who prepared the meals.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Elliott Flying Service, Moline, has agreed to purchase a fixed-base operation in Omaha. The business will be Elliott's fourth location. Besides Moline, Elliott operates at airports in Minneapolis and Des Moines. The Omaha business will be at Eppley Airfield, the city's municipal airport.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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