Day in history for October 1, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The proprietors of this paper have two presses on hand, both in fine running order. One of them will be sold at manufacturers' price, the purchaser to have his choice.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The new series of national bank notes, brownbacks, are circulating in Rock Island, but not in great numbers. The $5 note has a handsome picture of President Garfield on it.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Fifteen Rock Island residents were taken violently ill last night after eating imitation fruit jelly at a boarding house. Quick action by physicians, however, is believed to have averted possible fatalities.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Chicago and the World Series are realities today for the eight happy winners in The Argus carrier contest. Seven boys and a girl surpassed all other carriers in the sale of new subscriptions during a three-week contest.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The appointment of James Lerch as plant superintendent of Rock Island Works, J.I. Case Co., was announced today by H.H. Hudson.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Caterpillar Tractor employees went on strike today while negotiators for Deere And Co. and the United Auto Workers postponed talks on the eve of a new round of layoffs. About 70 Caterpillar workers carrying picket signs hit the streets just before midnight.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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