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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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