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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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