Day in history for September 19, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island Rhetorical Society met last evening in the county treasurer's office.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The convention of the Illinois liquor dealers closed last night with a ball at the Armory. The majority of the delegates are of aldermanic build, indicating that their business is a good one.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The work of relaying track on the Elm St. car line is rapidly being completed. Six new cars are being built to improve service for the hill district.

1932 -- 75 years ago
'Down to Earth,' the new comedy with Will Rogers, American humorist, opened yesterday at the Fort Theater for a four-day run.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The frigid air mass which buried the Rockies and parts of the Northern Plain areas in snow yesterday will make itself felt in the Quad-City area tonight, sending temperatures plunging more than 30 degrees from a high this afternnon in the upper 80s to a low tonight near 50. Tomorrow's high will be in the middle 50s.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Frank Trapkus poses in his back yard with his half train-half plane sculpture. It has 22 propellors. Trapkus, 72, has been an artist all his life and has filled his back yard with his own sculpture. All of the art objects are made of aluminum rods, iron, wire and various 'found' objects.

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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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