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: 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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