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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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