Day in history for October 2, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A bean, measuring from stem to stem 25 inches, has been left at our office. It was raised in the garden of John B. Plummer of this city.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The horse car for the Milan Line arrived yesterday and was immediately put into operation. On one trip, the line had a passenger list of 125 persons. Some of the people sat, but more were holding on by their teeth.

1907 -- 100 years ago
George H. Primrose and his minstrel company have been booked at the Illinois Theater next Friday night.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The third driest September on record at the Quad-City Weather Bureau closed with only .77 inches of rain recorded, it was announced today. September, 1930, was the driest recorded with .39 inches. Normal for the month is 3.58 inches.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Coffee drinkers can anticipate more joy from the 'cup that cheers.' a 2-top-3-cent price cut at wholesale by two leading coffee roasters was announced today. Housewives who put coffee first on their grocery list may find the price cut effective tomorrow.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Quad-city residents will have their last chance to buy a piece of the Rock Island Railroad auctions off everything from boxcars to memorabilia. Auction director Charles Adams said the auction will feature more than 300 items.

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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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