Day in history for August 18, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The well known tavern stand on Front Street, the Pennsylvania House, is offered for sale. It is in good order and will be sold cheap.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Work on the Rock Island and Milan street railway is progressing at a rapid rate. Track is now being laid at several points and most of the grading has been completed.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The board of First Methodist Church, Rock Island, voted unanimously to request the Rev. Edwin G. Sandmeyer to remain as pastor of the church.

1932 -- 75 years ago
12-year-old Lowel Lorenz of Silvis received a fracture of his right leg when his foot slipped into a deep rut with such force as to snap the bone, while he was attending the circus in East Moline.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Plans for a $75,000 downtown whiteway system were abandoned at a meeting of city officials and several property owners. Mayor Frank J. Esposito announced disappointment in the apparent death of the plan. He said the lights would have been a distinct step in the growth of the East Moline business district.

1982 -- 25 years ago
An East Moline alderman says United Township High School has violated the 1973 agreement deeding the stadium to the district by refusing to allow the East Moline-Silvis AMVETS post to stage its fireworks show there next year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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