Day in history for May 17, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Warren's Store receives daily the New York papers fresh from the press. We are indebted to him for news in advance of the mail. 1883 -- 125 years ago: River traffic is on the up-grade with three steamers now harbored in Rock Island. 1908 -- 100 years ago: Miss Myrtle E. Dade of Rock Island was elected supreme recorder of the Royal Neighbors of America at a convention held in Chicago. The delegates also voted to remove the head office from Peoria to Rock Island. 1933 -- 75 years ago: An invitation to the Woodmen of the World of Illinois to hold the 1935 state convention in Rock Island will be presented to the 1933 convention opening tomorrow at the Morrison Hotel in Chicago. 1958 -- 50 years ago: Writers in East Moline were honored at an annual literary dinner that was held last night in United Township High School with 13 pupils honored for their works and 13 given honorable mention. First prize honors went to Byrl Weiss, short story; Vivian McMullin, essay; JoAnne Scott and Marie Mitton, poetry; and Bonnie Wilkins, other prose. 1983 -- 25 years ago: The Metropolitan Airport Authority board accepted Central Engineering Co.'s bid for construction of the air carrier apron at the new Quad-City Airport Terminal. The Davenport firm submitted a base bid of $1.38 million.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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