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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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