Day in history for February 17, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
If we were to say that the streets in the city were muddy, very muddy, we would be iterating only what everybody knows.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The roads are reported in very bad condition, which accounts for the limited number of farmers in the city this afternoon.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Bluff Improvement Assn. is circulating petitions which will be presented to the city council asking that a hose house be built for the protection of the hill district.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Damage from the fire in the upstairs portion of the Avoy Theatre, 1506 15th St., Moline, was estimated at $10,000. The estimate was made by Buster Brotman, manager, and the insurance company.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Congress will be urged to boost mail carrier salaries from the present minimum of $3,600 to $5,500 annually. More than 200 postal employees attended the first local salary rally of the National Association of Letter Carriers in the Moline Moose Hall last night.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Inmates at the Rock Island County Jail will be expected to pay the cost of food and shelter during their confinement beginning July 1. The county board adopted a resolution Tuesday authorizing the state's attorney to recover the cost of housing convicted inmates from the inmates themselves.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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