Day in history for November 1, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island firemen marched to the theater where a dramatic company was to give a performance of 'The Fireman.' One of the stars, Miss Douglas, failed to arrive and the play, 'The Drunkard,' was substituted.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The milk dealers of Rock Island met this morning and agreed to sell milk at 6 1/2 cents a quart in the future. Those who take four quarts a day will be able to get the milk at 17 quarts for $1.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Mayor Schaffer and Police Chief Eckhart spent yesterday in Peoria studying the new fire and police alarm system which has been installed there. A new system is planned for Rock Island.

1932 -- 75 years ago
E.C. Fisher of Peoria, former superintendent of Rock Island public schools, was the speaker at the meeting of the Rock Island Rotary Club today.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Opposition to the proposed additional span to the Moline-Bettendorf bridge gained momentum today. East Moline Mayor Frank Esposito suggested consideration to be given to locate the span farther east, possibly in the eastern part of Moline or East Moline.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The R.I. Kiwanis Club recently donated $1,000 to the Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation. Attending the presentation were Dale Blocklinger, George Walsh, George Keist and Tom Foster.

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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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