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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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