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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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