Day in history for August 17, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We have had a good deal of rain in this city over the past week and yesterday afternoon there was a very heavy shower. Fears are entertained that the shocked wheat will be badly damaged.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island has organized another cooking club of young married women who propose to give their husbands some food to eat that is different.

1907 -- 100 years ago
It was announced today that the Acme Packer Co. will move its general passenger headquarters from Rock Island to Quincy. It has been in Rock Island for the past five years.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Three delegates from Rock Island American Legion Post 200 received appointments on state committees at the annual convention of the Illinois Department which closed last night in Danville.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Eight men were hospitalized as a result of their efforts to save a barn containing 30 tons of smoldering chopped hay on the Clyde Swanson farm 5 1/2 miles northeast of Viola this morning.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Gregory A. Knott, Moline, has been appointed to serve on President Reagan's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control in the federal goverment. Knott, a computer processing manager at Deere And Company, will serve on one of 35 task forces to search for ways to reduce government waste.

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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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