Day in history for September 17, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
The Moline and First National banks have been greatly improving the appearance of their buildings and at the same time adding to the safety of their treasures. The cashiers now greet the public from behind the bars, windows and all. In a few days, they also will add another safeguard. It is the Sargent's chronometer bank lock. The lock is a most delicate piece of machinery and costs $500.

1900 -- 100 years ago
John Volk and Company was awarded the contract for erection of a depot by the Davenport, Rock Island And Northwestern Railroad.

1925 -- 75 years ago
William H. Toal, Rock Island, was injured in a 30-foot fall from a telegraph pole in Moline.

1950 -- 50 years ago
George ``Bud'' McCabe is the 1950 Tri-City Title golf champion, and he did it the hard way. He defeated Alan Howard yesterday in one of the tightest 36-hole finals in the history of the 21-year-old blue ribbon classic, 1 up.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Bids for drilling a secondary supply well for the Quad-City Airport will be sought despite plans by Moline to extend water service across the Rock River. The airport is still interested in using city water but must make alternate plans in case the city is unable to supply water immediately. One of the airport's two wells collapsed this summer.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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