Day in history for October 12, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We are glad to see Mr. Huggins, the popular clerk at the Rock Island House, back at his old job once more.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Squire Cropper sighted a fox near the public square early this morning. The animal disappeared in a hole in the sidewalk although a hunt was organized, the fox eluded capture.

1907 -- 100 years ago
L.S. McCabe was elected president of the Rock Island Safety Deposit Co. at the annual meeting of the stockholders yesterday. The company's new building will be ready for occupancy by the first of the year.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Pupils of School District No. 43 may be barred from attending Rock Island elementary and junior high schools unless the board of directors of that district finds a way to meet the entire expense involved in the education of these children, it was announced at a meeting of the Rock Island Board of Education.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Lt. Donald Wittevrongel 27, of Rock Island has been credited with performing a remarkable feat by landing his crippled Air Force refueling plane single handedly. He is praised for bringing the 1000,000-pound tanker down alone.

1982 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester has been ordered to pay Deere And Co, $28.4 Million for willfully infringing Deere's cornhead patent from 1974 through 1980.

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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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