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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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