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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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