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: 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.








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