Day in history for May 17, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A wagon driven by John Oswald broke an axletree while crossing the street car track near Mitchell And Lynde's Bank, Rock Island. The load of white lead was capsized.

1900 -- 100 years ago
Collins brothers were awarded the contract for the erection of the proposed L.S. McCabe block on Third Avenue, Rock Island.

1925 -- 75 years ago
Taking a prohibition topic for his oration, Isador Katz of Rock Island will represent Augustana College in the state oratorical contest.

1950 -- 50 years ago
A $50,000 blaze destroyed a large dairy barn near Rapids City yesterday afternoon just 15 minutes before a 20-head Holstein herd was to be turned in for the evening's milking. Ward Snyder, tenant on the farm owned by Charles Shuler, Jr., of Davenport, was in the barn getting ready to bring in the cows when the fire started. The fire apparently was caused by defective wiring.

1975 -- 25 years ago
No doubt about it. Red, white and blue are the colors for 1975 and 1976. Even for wedding colors, chosen by Lauri and Dale Spriet of Moline. ``We didn't really think about choosing the bicentennial colors until later,'' said Lauri. She also admitted that at first the idea of red, white and blue was ``kind of shocking'' for her husband Dale.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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