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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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