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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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