Day in history for July 17, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
McVicker's Washing Machine is now on exhibition at the Vermont House. Its construction is simple and is less likely to get out of order than any machine of the kind we have seen. It works with ease and apparently without injury to the garment.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The school board authorized a tax levy of $25,000 for school taxes during the coming year.

1908 -- 100 years ago
J.D. Cady of Moline defeated Chandler Egan, four times holder of the Western Golf Association. championship, today at the Arsenal Golf Course, 4 to 3.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Because of duties as director of the summer camp of at Camp Hauberg near Port Byron, the Rev. H.F.C. Wetzel of Coal Valley, who has accepted the call to become pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Island, will not assume the pastorate until Aug. 20.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Challenging the validity of an ordinance banning pinball machines in East Moline, Warren and Robert Hallgren, brothers and partners in the Hh Andamp; H Music Co., Moline, today filed a suit for declaratory judgment in the matter.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A new laser tool, capable of producing an intense beam of heat which can be directed at a specific area to control bleeding, cancerous growths or tumors, has been acquired by Mercy Hospital, Davenport.

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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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