Day in history for July 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
By reference to an advertisement in our paper today, it will be seen that Capt. May offers for sale a number of town lots in the flourishing village of Port Byron.

1880 -- 125 years ago
County Clerk Donaldson issued a marriage license to Swan Youngren and Miss Ida Hedberg, both of Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The ferry Davenport was tied up at the Rock Island levee today, while her boilers were cleaned and minor repairs made in the engine room.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Wilbur DePauw of Geneseo won the rifle marksmanship tournament yesterday afternoon at Camp Mansur, the outing place of the Moline Council of Boy Scouts, near Silvis.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Loraine Wright and Theodora Wannack, both of Rock Island, took off this morning from their home port, the Ship's Wheel on Campbell's Island, on a two-week cruise up the Mississippi River to Minneapolis in their outboard motorboat, ``The Ta-Ta.''

1980 -- 25 years ago
A $10,000 closed-circuit camera has been stolen from International Harvester's Farmall Plant. Melvin Way, Farmall security guard, told police the camera was placed 40 feet above the ground, but could have been reached from a nearby rooftop.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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