Day in history for July 17, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We are informed that the building for the Union High School will be completed this fall at a cost of $25,000.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The streetcar drivers are wearing broad smiles these days as all of the horses have been provided with new fly nets and present a gay and festive air.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. R.B. Williams was requested to remain as pastor of the First Methodist Church at the fourth quarterly conference of the congregation held last night.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Belgian-American Brotherhood in Rock Island will dedicate its flag at ceremonies Sunday, Sept. 4. Invitations have been mailed to organizations throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Several thousand persons are expected to attend. Members and visitors will parade to St. Paul's Catholic Church.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A severe lightning bolt struck in the Quad-City area last night 'blacking out' sections of Moline, East Moline, Silvis and some nearby rural areas.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Rev. Marlin Miller will be a little closer to God when he delivers his Sunday sermon Sept. 12th. He's going to do it from the roof of the Loraine United Methodist Church, northeast of Geneseo. On June 20th the church was filled to capacity and he had pledged to speak from the roof if that happened.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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