Day in history for March 17, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Bissell, the engineer of the great suspension bridge at St. Louis, arrived in town on business connected with the survey of the river and railroad bridge at this place. He stopped at the Island City Hotel.

1882 -- 125 years ago
St. Patrick's Day was not celebrated in this city by the usual parade today, but the money usually expended was sent for relief work in Ireland.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The fire department was summoned to the J. Goldman store, 26th Street and 4th Avenue, Rock Island, sparks from a chimney having set fire to the roof.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Josef Rosenblatt, famous tenor-cantor and a star in Al Jolson's ''Sonny Boy'' will appear for a concert in Rock Island High School March 31.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Telephone service between Aledo and the adjoining villages of Joy and Seaton has been improved recently with the connecting of three new trunk lines.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Ken McMillan plans to rest easy today before gearing up a campaign that will ''stick to the issues'' after toppling eight-term Congressman Tom Railsback by a slim 1,442-vote margin in the Republican primary Tuesday. McMillan found out this morning that he beat Railsback and will run against Democrat Lane Evans of Rock Island in the November general election.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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