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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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