Day in history for September 8, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Messrs. Semmons And Co., the celebrated English Opticians and manufacturers of the improved Brazilian Pebble spectacles, respectfully announce their arrival and may be consulted for a few days only at LeClaire House, Davenport.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The first car for the Rock Island and Milan street railway arrived from St. Louis.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The city dads of Rock Island and Moline battled at Island City Park for seven long innings for the benefit of Bethany Home, Rock Island, winning by a score of 18 to 11.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Robbers struck almost simultaneously at a Davenport bank and six other business places in the Quad-Cities during the noon hour in a record outbreak of crime and fled with loot in the estimated total of more than $20,000.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Campbell's Island residents were cutting trees on the five-acre tract near the famed 'Indian Massacre' monument for preparation of a community park. When completed, the area will include a baseball diamond, picnic area, tennis courts and playground.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Black Hawk College could have a new computer ready for spring semester if the BHC trustees follow a committee recommendation to spend $1.4 million for the machine, associated equipment and updated language packages.

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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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