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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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