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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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