Day in history for January 17, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
M.M. Sturgeon and Lucien Adams have formed a law partnership and will occupy an office in Mitchell And Lynde's block. Mr. Sturgeon is the Rock Island County superintendent of schools.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Miss Clara B. Hampton was installed as past commander of the Rock Island Lady Maccabees.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Dr. G.A. Andreen, president of Augustana College, was elected president of the National Lutheran Educational Association.

1951 -- 50 years ago
If you hear a bell ringing outside of Hawthorne, Irving or Lincoln schools, call the fire department. That's the request of William W. Bailey, business manager of the Rock Island public school system. He announced today that work of installing automatic sprinklers in the three schools has been completed. If the sprinklers go on for any reason, an automatic alarm on an outside bell will begin ringing.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. Rose Poelvoorde of Silvis has been appointed to the newly formed Commission on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities by Gov. Dan Walker. Mrs. Poelvoorde, in her third term as president of the Rock Island County Association for Retarded Citizens, is one of three statewide appointees to the 19-member board which will monitor the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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