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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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