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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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