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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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