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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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