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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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