Day in history for November 17, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
Frank Taylor and George Ziegler were injured when some freight cars crashed into a passenger train above the Sylvan water bridge near Keator's mill.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The Central Presbyterian Church Guild will present a play, ``The Spinster's Convention,'' at Harper's Theater, Rock Island. The money will be used for an improvement fund at the church.

1925 -- 75 years ago
The Rotary Club conducted a memorial service for Hugh Crawford and Henry Kramer.

1950 -- 50 years ago
If the Loras College football team proves as ingenious as the school's pranksters, the St. Ambrose College team is going to have a tough job on its hands when it tangles with the Duhawks tomorrow afternoon at Dubuque in the Iowa conference play-off. This morning it was discovered that Loras backers had visited the St. Ambrose campus during the night and covered sidewalks and walls with ``Beat St. Ambrose'' signs, besides running a Loras flag to the top of the St. Ambrose flagpole.

1975 -- 25 years ago
``Beware of Homeowner'' signs soon may outnumber ``Beware of Dog'' signs in Colona if the problem of dogs running loose isn't alleviated. The consensus of canine-harassed homeowners is that dogs are man's best friend only if confined to their own yards.

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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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