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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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