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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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