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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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