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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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