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: 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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