Day in history for August 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The official temperature reading in Rock Island was 65. The temperature was expected to drop from 8 to 10 degrees during the next 24 hours.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Friends of Peter Sherer surprised him with a party on his 45th birthday. Henry Schillinger's band played and a supper was served.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The state convention of Spanish-American war veterans assembled in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Dale Jackson and Forest O'Brien were back on earth after completing the longest sustained air flight in history. The plane touched ground at St. Louis after having spent slightly more than 638 hours in the air.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A couple of 10-year-old World War II souvenirs aroused the suspicions of a Moline resident and police were called to inspect a hand grenade and a 37 millimeter shell. Both pieces of ammunition were found to be ''live.''

1980 -- 25 years ago
In recognition of the contributions made by Lester Roos to local history, members of the Geneseo Historical Association have planned a ''Lester Roos Day'' at the Geneseo Historical Museum. A collection of old motors and pumps, many of which were donated by Roos, will be on display.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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