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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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