Day in history for August 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We notice surveyors running their lines on the levee to connect the Peoria Railroad track with the Chicago And Rock Island. We hope the city council will not allow any such thing to be accomplished.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The prohibition amendment in Iowa has driven a large number of thirsty people to this city. All of the vacant stores have been rented for saloons and the demand still is on the increase.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The wreck of the government dredge, Phoenix, recently burned at the dock in Rock Island.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The $50,000 earthen levee, proposed for Rock Island Arsenal in connection with the $5,500,000 roller dam and locks project in the Mississippi River, may be constructed from funds allocated under the emergency relief bill recently passed by Congress.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Six members of the Rock Island County Barracks No. 410, Veterans of World War I, attended the eighth district meeting in Peoria yesterday. Robert Upton, A.E. Welliver, Earl Hodge, Oscar Herneren, Glen Reed and Wilbur Chamman made the trip.

1982 -- 25 years ago
William A. Hewitt, internationally know industrialist and for the last 27 years chief executive officer of Deere And Co., has been nominated by President Reagan to be ambassador to Jamaica.

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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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