Day in history for October 17, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
A meeting of the Father Mathew Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society was held in Dart's Hall, Rock Island.

1900 -- 100 years ago
E.F. Buck, formerly of Rock Island, has been appointed inspector general of the Sons of Veterans of the United States.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island board of education has ordered 15 fire escapes from the Rock Island Bridge And Iron Works.

1950 -- 50 years ago
Immediate enforcement of 2-hour parking regulations and eventual purchase of off-street parking facilities were determined by Rock Island city officials last night as being the solution to parking problems in the loop area. Complete elimination of overtime parking would provide 655 additional parking spaces daily for regulation parking times.

1975 -- 25 years ago
A second lawsuit against two railroads will be filed in Whiteside and Carroll counties by volunteer firemen of Thomson in an effort to prevent further train related fires. According to Joe Shutters, president of Thomson Fire Protection District, sparks from exhaust stacks on diesel locomotives ignite weeds along the railroad tracks, which in turn set fire to adjoining fields of Christmas trees. Shutters said fires in the Christmas tree fields are extremely difficult to fight because trucks can't get into the fields.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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