Day in history for August 26, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The members of the Rock Island Horn Band are asked to meet at the courthouse Wednesday at 7 p.m.

1882 -- 125 years ago
A tent containing a female Sampson is attracting a large number of rural visitors to the city.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A large number of good entries have been received by the Twin-City Trotting Assn. for the racing which opens tomorrow at the 9th St. track.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Miss Esther Sundberg of Madrid, Iowa, has accepted the call to become dean of women at Augustana College. She had more than 14 years of teaching experience in grade and high schools in Iowa and Michigan.

1957 -- 50 years ago
An estimated 25,000 people consumed 5,000 pounds of fish at the seventh annual New Boston fish fry. The hungry thousands devoured 400 loaves of bread and gallons of coffee made in a big water tank. A new attraction this year was a midway. Performers of Royal American Shows presented acts both days.

1982 -- 25 years ago
They tried to sell a little bit of history, but no one was willing to pay the price. The 52-year-old Paradise Theater, Moline, was put on the auction block by owner Abe Brotman, but the high bid of $12,500, offered by Steve Simmon of Rock Island, was too low. Simmon said he wants to open a children's theater.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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