Day in history for May 17, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Owing to a scarcity of stone, the stone cutters at Rock Island Arsenal have been obliged to stop work for a short time.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island baseball team was victor over the Davenport team by a score of 9-8.

1926 -- 75 years ago
R.A. Jacobson, Yankton, S.D., has been engaged as general secretary of the Rock Island chamber of commerce.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The round-up of 18 Moline youths, 14 to 16 years old, on complaints that they were shooting fireworks in violation of city and state laws, will have repercussions in Cook County, police said today. The youths said they obtained the firecrackers from Central Trading Co., Franklin Park, a Chicago suburb, and Robert Klockau, assistant state's attorney, told Geneva Dunderberg, Moline police matron, that he would ask the Cook County state's attorneys office to initiate proceedings against the company. With the round-up of the boys, a considerable quantity of contraband fireworks was seized.

1976 -- 25 years ago
James A. Grafton, a computer operator at J.I. Case, Bettendorf, and his son James L., a Moline High student, will both graduate this spring. The elder Grafton receives a Black Hawk College diploma on May 19, and young Jim will be among the top 10 students in the MHS Class of 76 graduating June 4. The latter plans to follow his father at BHC next fall. The family lives in Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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