Day in history for October 16, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Next Monday has been fixed as the day for election of aldermen to take the the place of Mr. Lynde and Mr. Truesdale. The people should see that their succors are men who will go for the interests of the city.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Crowds of young and old adorned the Bengston corner yesterday waiting for an opportunity to patronize the new Milan Line. Every car to Milan was loaded from end to end.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Since the 1st of September, all mail handled by the Rock Island Post Office has been weighed in accordance with government orders. A total of 52,708 pounds was handled.

1932 -- 75 years ago
'The Phantom President,' a timely and hilarious political comedy featuring George M. Cohan, Claudette Colbert and Jimmy Durante, opened at the Fort Theater. The picture marks the debut of Cohan.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's first corporation counsel is the first woman ever appointed to a city legal job. Dorothea O'Dean, 3925 24th St., was named to the city's controversial number two legal post last night by City Manager Gordon A. Stearns.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Champions of rolle bolle's Western League were awarded their trophies by league president Wilbur Bender and treasurer Ken Sturtewagen. The champions are Toots Causemaker, Ken Suhr and Art Borgonjon.

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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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