Day in history for October 7, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Mr. L. Thomson brought to town a tomato weighing two pounds. As far as its size, this tomato is hard to beat. We are as much obliged to Mr. Thomson as if the vegetable were in perfect state of preservation.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Within a few days, Cordova, Port Byron and Hampton will be connected with Rock Island by telephone. The work of putting up the wires is nearly completed.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A motion to limit the number of saloons in Rock Island to 75 was introduced at the City Council meeting last night, but failed to carry. The city now has 96 licensed saloons.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Franklin Delano Roosevelt of New York has 61.8 per cent of the vote in The Argus' first tabulation of its straw poll of western Illinois. The vote in 1928 for the same period showed President Hoover with 70 per cent of the vote, compared to 30 per cent for Alfred E. Smith of New York.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Burglars obtained $4,066 in cash and checks from the Plantation Club in Moline early yesterday. Sheriff Joe Schneider said this morning the burglary was similar to an entry in which $800 cash was stolen two weeks ago.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Davenport police arrested an armed man outside Daveport West High School this morning and delayed the opening of school for an hour.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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