Day in history for April 17, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A shoemaker was arrested by Officer Dunn and lodged in jail for carrying too much steam, generated by bad whiskey. Another was arrested who persisted in using the gutter for a cradle, he informed the officer that he did not wish to be disturbed while watching for the comet.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The Swedish Baptist congregation of this city will erect a new church edifice on 5th Avenue and 25th Street.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The work of removing the present Sylvan Slough bridge was begun today to make room for the viaduct to be constructed at 24th Street this summer.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Policeman Otto Johnson picked up a four-year-old child who was lost. The boy directed the officer to Milan before he realized that he had recently moved and now lived in Rock Island, just a few blocks from where the officer made the pickup.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Moline yesterday elected the third Democratic mayor in its history, and the first since 1945, when Arnold R. Smith downed Republican Reuben M. Peterson by 129 votes.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The second 100 years of fine organ music at First Lutheran, Moline, will continue with the dedication Sunday of a new 1,600-pipe tracker action organ. The custom-built organ will be dedicated at the 10:45 a.m. worship service.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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