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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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