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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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