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.

Back: Available days in February 2007

Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

(More History)