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 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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