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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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