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: 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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