Day in history for February 17, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
It is rumored that W.L. Sweeney will seek the nomination for Rock Island mayor.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Chicago, Rock Island And Pacific railway announced a special rate of $30 for round trip tickets to California.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The telephone cable system in Rock Island is being replaced and extended at a cost of $120,000 to handle increased traffic.

1951 -- 50 years ago
This was ``broken limb'' week in Orion. Suzanne McWhinney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar McWhinney, fell at her home and received a fracture of her left arm. Mrs. Duane Malmen has returned from the Moline Lutheran Hospital where she has been a patient for a week after falling and breaking her leg. Jerry Krueger, Orion high school student, suffered a broken leg and injuries to a week-old wrist fracture when he fell down the stairs in the Ferd Schillinger home Tuesday.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A planeload of relief supplies for Guatemala leaving the Quad-City Airport today will be supplemented by a truckload next week if all the donations collected do not fit into the plane. An overwhelming response by Quad-Citians may have generated more supplies than the allocated space. The Rev. Thomas Kalshoven, director of Churches United of Scott and Rock Island Counties, termed the outpouring of donations ``amazing.''

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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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