Day in history for December 1, 2007

1882 -- 125 years ago
Three Iowa farmers ran their horses over the Rock Island toll bridge today, expecting to escape paying the toll, but police were telephoned and Squire Cropper fined each of the men $5 and costs.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A lively session of the county board of supervisors is expected tomorrow when delegates from Cleveland's Ferry and Colona will appear to argue the location of the new Rock River bridge.

1932 -- 75 years ago
'A Bill for Divorcement' is excellent. And this terse comment certainly does not exaggerate the entertainment value of the production, now playing at the Fort theater in Rock Island.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Moline High School debaters won first place honors in the 14th annual invitational debate tournament held here Saturday. The Moline squad won six out of eight debates.

1982 -- 25 years ago
A proposal that Moline Public and Lutheran hospitals share services will be presented before the Moline Hospital Services coordinating committee tonight.

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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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