Day in history for December 7, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Mr. McDonald is on hand with a complete company of good performers. He will open tomorrow night at Smith's Hall with 'Othello.' He intends to make Rock Island his headquarters for the winter.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Dr. Truesdale sold his three-year-old Jersey heifer 'Teresa' to Valentine Dauber for $100.

1907 -- 100 years ago
A force of more than 40 men was started on a night shift in the small arms department of the Rock Island Arsenal to make parts for the Springfield rifle.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The cash retail price of milk last night was reduced two cents per quart, from 10 to eight cents, by 14 Quad-Cities dealers buying milk from the Quality Milk Assn., a cooperative organization of producers. The new price will go into effect tomorrow morning.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island YWCA will open the Christmas season Sunday with the traditional 'Hanging of the Greens' in the clubrooms. The vesper service will be at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Eugene Darling of Memorial Heights Methodist Church will be the speaker.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline American Legion Post 246 is sponsoring a Cubs Caravan Jan. 10 at the post to help finance construction of the $250,000 ballpark complex they plan to develop on 37 acres in the southeast corner of Green Valley Park.

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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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