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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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