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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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