Day in history for August 1, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Prof. Cogswell, the celebrated magician, has been performing here for the past two evenings with feats that are truly astonishing.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Post Office will be removed from the Mitchell and Lynde block to the former McCabe Store Sunday to allow for the installation of a new tile floor and 1,500 new lock boxes.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The national commission recently appointed to investigate the clamming industry in the Mississippi Valley, visited in the city yesterday, visiting the button factories here.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Atty. Albert Huber was elected president of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce this afternoon at a meeting of the Board of Directors in the Fort Armstrong Hotel. He succeeds A.H. Bowlby who was named national councillor. Huber had been first vice president of the organization.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Blaser's Auto Sales, Inc., 1400 4th Ave., Moline, has been appointed exclusive Edsel dealer for Rock Island County, it was announced by the Edsel Division of the Ford Motor Co.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Seven days and 523 miles later, it is over. The Register's Annual Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) sponsored by the Des Moines Register, ended Saturday in front of the LeClaire Park bandshell in Davenport.

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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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