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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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