Day in history for November 17, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
An old gentleman being asked what he wished for dinner, replied, 'An appetite, good company, something to eat and a clean napkin.'

1882 -- 125 years ago
Country people report the roads are almost impassable throughout the county and in consequence little produce is being brought to Market Square by the farmers.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The new Moline locks, which are to afford steamers access to the Moline harbor, are almost completed and engineers hope that it may be opened for navigation before the river freezes.

1932 -- 75 years ago
'Smog' - and that isn't a misspelled word, folks - prevailed in the Quad-Cities this morning. That is a term adopted by weather officials to indicate a dense combination of smoke and fog caused by very light wind and humidity that keeps the smoke close to the ground.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A new one-piece aluminum roof for truck-trailers was presented today as another 'first' in the commerical automotive field. The seamless roofing is a product of the new $4 1/2 million cold finishing mill recently installed at the local plant.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Foundation for Crippled Children and Adults named Tom Maher, 17, of Rock Island, the Poster Person for 1983. He has cerebral palsy and has been a client at the Foundation since 1966.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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