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: 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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