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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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