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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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