Day in history for October 29, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Coal Valley Mining Co. has coal at reduced rates and the Carbon Cliff Co. is determined not to be beaten. Now is the time to get your winter supply.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Gas Co. has been notified that its services in lighting the streets will not be required after Oct. 31 as it is hoped that the streets will not be in use before long.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Grading and the work of widening the Sears Canal at the Rock River was begun today in preparation for the construction of a huge water power electric plant at that point.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Margaret Strang, Rock Island, took first place in the Big Nine girls' declamation contest at the Geneseo Township High School. She read the selection, 'Eyes of the Blind.'

1957 -- 50 years ago
Susan McDonald, Rock Island harpist and winner of the 1955 Grand Prize of the Paris Conservatory in France, made a guest appearance on the NBC-TV's Today Show and thoroughly captivated the program's emcee Dave Garroway.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Illinois Quad-Cities posted the state's highest unemployment rate in September, with 18.9 percent joblessness, the state Labor Department reported today. In September, 1981, joblessness in the Illinois Quad-Cities was at 8.9 percent.

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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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