Day in history for March 17, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
James Halligan presided as grand marshal of the day for the St. Patrick's Day parade.

1901 -- 100 years ago
G.A. Gould, superintendent of bridges of the C.R.I. And P. railroad, reported that the Milan bridges are not worth repairing.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Sam Gellerman of Rock Island will chairman the United Palestine appeal drive in the Quad-Cities.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Arne Holmbo, Chicago, and Miss Peg Lundberg, Geneseo, were crowned Patrick and Kathleen as the Swedes of Augustana held a St. Patrick's Day party last night in the gymnasium. Instead of Swedish folk dances, Irish songs and dances were featured and wearin' o' the green was the order of the evening. The traditional smorgasbord gave way to refreshments in the Irish theme.

1976 -- 25 years ago
What could be a more natural place for a St. Patrick's Day wedding than a local pub? That's what Paul Lomas and Patricia Coughran, both of Green Rock, thought when they scheduled their wedding at John's Place, Silvis. Unfortunately, the minister who was to marry them didn't agree. He decided a tavern was hardly the place for holy matrimony. So the couple will be married in a church. Why would anyone want to tie the knot in a tavern? ``We come down here all the time and we wanted to. Besides, St. Patrick's Day is her birthday and she's Irish,'' Lomas answered.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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