Day in history for December 17, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A Rock Island man, acquitted for stealing a gold watch, appeared before Magistrate Swander the next day, charged with keeping it in his possession after it was stolen.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The 'hack sleighs' have been doing a lively business all day on the ice between Rock Island and Davenport. The ice is now quite thick and many people are using it instead of the bridge.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The Illinois Supreme Court today granted an injunction restraining Rock Island from paying any of its indebtedness because of having exceeded the legal debt limit.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Dramatic Club of Rock Island High School opened the stage season at the school last night with the presentation of the three act comedy, 'Honor Bright.' Arno Denecke and Margaret Strang played the leading roles.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A resolution declaring the leaning wall at 7th Street and 20th Avenue a public nuisance was unanimously approved by members of the East Moline Council last night.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Vera Chaney, Cleo Koonts and Lynn Wilkinson have one very special thing in common. They care. For the 17th consecutive year, Chaney, 89, has spearheaded the dressing of a minimum of 100 dolls for use as gifts by The Daily Dispatch Good Fellow committee at Christmas time.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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