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: 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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