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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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