Day in history for July 27, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We learn that the city authorities have purchased the bridges across the Rock River at Camden which are owned by Judge Bailey. The price paid we believe was $25,000.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Congress today passed the rivers and harbors bill which included an appropriation of $30,000 for a new survey of the Hennepin Canal. An appropriation of $1 million originally was requested.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The annual report of the Bethany Protective Assn. issued today shows that the receipts of Bethany Home were $5,150.72 for the year and the disbursements were $4,336.25.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Plans are being made to accommodate more than 1,000 persons Sunday at the all day picnic to be held by the Belgian-American Brotherhood of Rock Island at Jens' Grove, it was announced today by Henry Bulins, general chairman.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Christ Episcopal Church has acquired the former W.A. Hewitt residence at 804 11th Ave., Moline, as a rectory for the Rev. William Lewis and family, who expect to move to Moline from Buda before the end of the summer.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A Deere And Co. accountant testified Monday afternoon that International Harvester's infringement of John Deere's patented cornhead in 1973 cost Deere more than $21 million.

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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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