Day in history for December 2, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Miss Harris of Rock Island is reported to be one of the fortunate persons who escaped at the burning of the Rainbow.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Three Iowa farmers ran their horses over the Rock Island bridge today, expecting to escape paying the toll, but the police were telephoned and Squire Cropper fined each of the men $3 and costs.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A lively session of the Rock Island 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
Sheriff Fred R. Schlueter announced that Deputy Ray Hasson of Moline will be advanced to the position of chief deputy to succeed Howard Gregg when Gregg becomes circuit clerk next week.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Burglars last night and Saturday night entered three Rock Island establishments, including the public library, but got little for their efforts. Their biggest 'gain' was about $85 in cash and $5 to $6 in stamps.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Changing shopping patterns and a shaky local economy have prompted Mosenfelders Inc. to close its downtown Rock Island store. The mem's wear store, which has been at 1709 2nd Ave. for 105 years, should close by the end of January or early February.

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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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