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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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