Day in history for December 14, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Preparations are being made for a grand Masonic soiree at Smith's Hall Dec. 28. It will be one of the finest affairs ever originated in the place.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Mr. Rooney of this city crossed to Davenport on the ice yesterday, the first crossing of the season. Today the surface of the river has been covered with venturesome people of all ages.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Mildred Holland, the talented American actress, will appear in her latest production, 'A Paradise of Lies,' at the Illinois Theater on Christmas Day.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The 1932 football season of Rock Island produced a net profit of $593.15, according to a report submitted to the Board of Education last night.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A strange light in the sky climaxed by what seemed to be an aerial explosion was reported here Friday night by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mills of West Liberty, Iowa. In Moline, Saturday an astronomer said he felt 'quite certain' they had seen a falling meteor.

1982 -- 25 years ago
One of Moline's best-loved physicians died Nov. 30 after serving this community for 56 years. Each of his thousands of patients has his or her own favorite memory and story about Dr. Paul Phillip Youngberg, who was 87 and retired at the time of his death.

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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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