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: 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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