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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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