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: 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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