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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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