Day in history for January 17, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The gasometer at the gas works has burst and we must all fall back on ''taller'' for several days.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Circuit court was adjourned yesterday as Judge Smith was unable to come to Rock Island from Galesburg because of the illness of Mrs. Smith.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Charles T. Harris and E.B. Kreis made formal announcement of their candidates for the Republican nomination for city clerk.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Winners of the ''Creepiest Moment'' contest, sponsored by the Fort Theater in conjunction with its current showing, were announced yesterday by John Krier, manager. First prize of $5 went to Leo J. LaVelle.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Alleman Football Coach Gene McCarter, although he has not been personally contacted, is being mentioned prominently for the assistant football coaching job at the University of Arizona, The Argus learned yesterday.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Norman Thompson, 29, of 512 W. 31st Ave., Milan, admits he hesitated Sunday night before he'd allow someone to drive him across the U.S. 150 Rock River Bridge in Moline. Hours before, Thompson's car skidded through a guardrail, dangled at the bridge's edge and plunged 40 feet to the river where it landed on the ice. Thompson walked away from the accident.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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