Day in history for April 17, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We understand that the Turners of our city are to give a grand ball Friday at Woltmann's Hall. Tickets are $1 and the charge for refreshments is 25 cents extra.

1883 -- 125 years ago
There hasn't been a duller day on Market Square thus far this spring. Up to 3 this afternoon a solitary load of corn had made its appearance.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Joseph L. Haas today formally assumed duties as master in chancery of the court under his recent appointment by Judge W.H. Gest.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Plans to raze the three-story structure at 1817 2nd Ave. and replace it with a new and modern one-story brick store building were announced today. It is expected that work on the project will begin tomorrow.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Waldo O. Bargmann, works manager of the John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline for the past year, today was named assistant to the president of Heinrich Lanz AIG., a major West German farm equipment firm in which Deere And Co. owns a majority interest.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Gilbert Graham couldn't enjoy a book until 1981. That's when the Rock Island retiree discovered the 'talking book' service offered through the River Bend Libarary System by the Library of Congress. Until then the pleasures of literature and non-fiction were out of his reach.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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