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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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