Day in history for August 25, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The cholera is abroad and chloride of zinc is the most powerful and effectual agent known for purifying the atmosphere and cleaning the air.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The police have been instructed to capture the horses which have been allowed to run at large on 1st Avenue at night and to hold them at the city pound.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The city has purchased a light for the fountain donated by the National Humane Alliance and set up at Flattron Square on 17th Street.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Williams-White Co. of Moline will share to the extent of $61,450 in the federal contract for the lock operating and power house machinery and a complete electrical control system for the Rock Island 9-foot channel project.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A permit for construction of a new convent for the sisters of St. Joseph's Catholic School, Rock Island, was issued by William K. Kiser, Rock Island building inspector. The convent will be erected at 1301 3rd Ave.

1982 -- 25 years ago
About 18,000 phone lines within the city of Rock Island went dead between 11:14 a.m. and 12:18 p.m. today. Gary Robinson, manager of Illinois Quad-City Bell, said he hoped to have a full explanation on what caused the outage and have phone service returned to normal early this afternoon.

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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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