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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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