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: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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