Day in history for May 17, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Any of our citizens who want to send copies of the mayor's inaugural address to their friends may get them at this office.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The bay horse that pulls Street Car No. 1 became frightened yesterday and pulled the car off the track.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island County Old Soldiers' and Sailors' Assn. was formed last night to perpetuate the observance of Memorial Day.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's postmastership was thrown wide open again today when the civil service listed three men as eligible for the job. Those were H.A.J. McDonald, E.H. Dunavin and Frank M. Brown.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Some 30 riders were preparing today for reenactment of the pony express days in a race tomorrow from Galesburg to the Quad-City Airport. The race will be between teams representing the Diamond Riders and the Black Diamond Rodeo. Relay stations will be set up about every three miles along Highway 150.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline Boys Choir will be one of many musical groups to perform this summer at the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tenn. The Moline ensemble will present a 45-minute concert on the stage of the Court of Flags at 8 p.m. on June 16. The Boys Choir has built its annual summer tour around the World's Fair appearance.

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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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