Day in history for October 14, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Hugh Livingston of Camden has favored us with a specimen of molasses made from Chinese sugar cane grown on his farm.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The remodeled Rock Island Post Office was formally opened this morning. The office is now equipped with 1,500 lock boxes.

1907 -- 100 years ago
At the meeting of the city council Alderman Anderson presented an ordinance providing that the name of Long View Park be changed to Jackson Park. It will be considered at a later meeting.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Reductions on tax assessments were granted on 885 of 1,502 cases in which complaints were made and assessed values in Rock Island County were lowered a total of $374,304.

1957 -- 50 years ago
At least 73 cases of flu tested by a bacteriologist at the University of Iowa were definitely of the Asian type. The epidemic broke out at the Iowa university on about Sept 17th. As many as 125 students per day were being treated but the number has now dropped to about 25 per day.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Illinois Department of Corrections officials assigned a top level Chicago attorney to represent them in their case against former East Moline Correctional Security Capt. Don Smith after deciding the case was too complicated or sensitive for the state attorney general's office to handle.

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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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