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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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