Day in history for April 17, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The order given by our City Council for a fire engine has been placed on file. It is to be one of Button's best piano engines, throwing three streams, and costing $1,350.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The executive committee of the Rock Island County Sunday School Association decided to hold five conventions during the year.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Dean J.J. Quinn has announced plans for the remodeling of St. Joseph's Church at a cost of $30,000.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Jail cells in the men's section of the Rock Island County jail are now equipped with modern group control locking devices. Installation of the new locks was completed yesterday by the Pauly Jail Building Co. of St. Louis.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Because of the effectiveness of safety belts in reducing the severity of crash injuries has been definitely established by its own experience, the Bituminous Casualty Corporation of Rock Island is equipping all company cars with a second belt for the front seat.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island, dredged 150 cubic yards of mud from the entrance to Marquis Harbor, Moline. The dredging will prevent the entrance from clogging later this year.

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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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