Day in history for November 25, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A large number of immigrants arrived yesterday from the East. They were principally of German and Swedish ancestry.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The electric tower circuit was tested this afternoon and found to be working admirably. Everyone is waiting for a dark night so that they may see just how useful the lights will be.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The liveliest of interest is being evinced in Rock Island in Walker Whiteside's appearance at the Illinois Theater next Friday in his new play, 'The Claim of Blood.'

1932 -- 75 years ago
A coalition of Democratic members of the Rock Island City Council is said to favor Ald. William L. Young for the post of temporary mayor of the city. Young is expected to get some Republican votes as well. Mayor Chester Thompson will resign Feb. 15 to assume his duties as 14th district congressman.

1957 -- 50 years ago
For the third consecutive year, Augustana College debaters won first place at the National Invitational Debate Conference held at Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Thomas Leon, President of North American Amusement Co., Rock Island, won the Leonard Thompson Trophy at the convention in Kansas City, for 'the most meritorious exhibit of arcade and coin operated amusement devices.'

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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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