Day in history for April 17, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The C.J. Caffrey brought down a raft of lumber this afternoon for Weyerhaeuser And Denkmann.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island's baseball team left for a week's practice on the University of Iowa's grounds at Iowa City.

1926 -- 75 years ago
M.E. Streiter was elected president of the reorganized Rock Island chamber of commerce in the first meeting of the newly elected board of directors.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Two firemen were injured early today while battling a stubborn blaze at the Hackner Tire warehouse, 521 W. 2nd St., Davenport, which resulted in an estimated loss of more than $100,000. The fire started shortly after 5 a.m. William Stegan, merchant policeman, discovered the blaze and turned in an alarm. Six of Davenport's eight fire companies were summoned to the blaze, and some off-duty policemen were called for traffic duty. The fire raged through the building for more than two hours before it was brought under control.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Expansion of the Caterpillar Tractor Co. plant in Mount Joy will start next month. A manufacturing building of 585,000 square feet will be constructed first, followed by a receiving and shipping building of 212,000 square feet which will be constructed between the new and existing manufacturing buildings. Initial occupancy is planned for 1978 with manufacturing to begin in 1979. The expansion will enable some of the production of front-end loaders to be moved to the Davenport Works.

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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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