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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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