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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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